Western Lake District

Route: Haystacks

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 28th December 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.6 miles

Ascent: 1,900 feet

Weather: Dull and overcast, gale force winds

At long last a dry day was forecast and this presented a window for a long awaited fell walk. Haystacks – the favourite fell of Alfred Wainwright – would fit the bill perfectly. We drove over to Gatesgarth and followed the path across the head of Buttermere. It was blowing a gale and we were tempted to carry on walking round the lake rather than climbing up to Scarth Gap with the wind in our faces

Nevertheless we decided to carry on, even though Gilly was blown over at one point just below Scarth Gap. We continued up the fellside, which involves a few mild scrambly sections where walking poles become a nuisance, and eventually reached the top

The light was as dull as ditchwater and the normally sublime views from the summit were not at their best, so without lingering we made our way across the complicated knobbly top of Haystacks

There are two ways back down to valley level via paths running on either side of Warnscale Beck – we took the first one (easily missed) with the beck on our right, and after reaching Warnscale Bottom it was an easy walk back to the start

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