Route: Haystacks

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 1st April 2018

Walkers: Andrew and James

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Today was Easter Sunday, so we made an early start and were one of the first to arrive in the car park at Gatesgarth Farm. The ticket machine was broken and parking was free – good news for us but not for the local farmer who would be losing revenue on a peak day. We walked through the farm and crossed Peggy’s Bridge at the head of Buttermere. The climbing starts at a small triangular shaped copse, and from here we followed the easy path up to Scarth Gap

Beyond Scarth Gap the going gets much steeper and rockier, and there are a few scambly sections before the summit of Haystacks is finally reached. The summit is a fascinating place, full of interest, and we wandered around here for a while. The views were wonderful, and seen at their best today in some good light

A direct descent from here is impossible and it’s necessary to walk across some complicated knobbly terrain before arriving at one of the two possible descent paths to Warnscale Bottom. I normally take the first one so by way of a change we passed by this and carried on to join the alternative path on the far side of Warnscale Beck. This provides an easy way down, and we enjoyed some more fantastic views as we descended

It was a memorable outing on Wainwright’s favourite fell 

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