Haystacks walk route

Haystacks walk routeThere is no other fell like Haystacks. It is a classic in its own right. Wainwright thought so too and his ashes were scattered there, his final resting place. So although it could be included as part of the Buttermere Round or the High Stile Ridge Walk, it is better to take your time and discover why this fell meant so much to Wainwright. He describes it as, ‘a place of surprises around corners….For beauty, variety and interesting detail, for sheer fascination and unique individuality the summit area of Haystacks is supreme. This is in fact the best fell top of all.’ The climb and descent are not that bad either! Starting from the village of Buttermere, the walk follows the southern shore of the lake with Fleetwith Pike rising above Honister Pass in view. After leaving the lakeside wood Haystacks comes into view. The Buttermere aspect is the better known, although this north-facing side is often in dark shadow and seen only as a silhouette against the sky. At the corner of the lake the route climbs towards Scarth Gap. The path is steep but always clear and there are many cairns to guide you. Eventually you will pass a number of boulders where you might halt to enjoy the excellent views of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Mellbreak. From Scarth Gap the rocky path ascends to the summit. Haystacks stands amidst a circle of much loftier fells. But not one of this distinguished group of mountains around Ennerdale and Buttermere can show a greater variety and fascinating arrangement of interesting features. Here are sharp peaks in profusion, tarns with islands, crags and screes. The return journey strikes out towards Honister Pass to reach a depression between Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike where a good path turns left back towards Buttermere with impressive views of the lake throughout the descent.