Haystacks - Route One

 

Start - Gatesgarth NY 195 149 Distance - 2.7 miles Ascent - 1,800 feet Time - 1 hour : 50 minutes


Gatesgarth car park at the start of the walk
Gatesgarth Farm - the handgate on the right is the start of the path to Haystacks via Scarth Gap 
The route via Warnscale starts a short distance from Gatesgarth Farm along the road towards Honister Pass where a rough track leads off towards Warnscale Bottom. This is the start of the old road to Dubs Quarry
Haystacks from the Dubs Quarry road
Warnscale Bottom looking towards Green Crag.  The Dubs Quarry road can be seen rising to the left (north) of Warnscale Beck.  The path to Haystacks crosses the beck and climbs below Green Crag.  It was created to serve a small quarry on the south side of Warnscale Beck 
The footbridge over Warnscale Beck
Looking back over Warnscale Bottom from the beginning of the climb
The path gains height by a series of wide zig zags
Buttermere and Crummock Water
Higher up, the path traverses the scree slope below Green Cag with dramatic views into a deep ravine
Looking across the ravine to the Dubs Quarry road on the opposite side
Looking back along the scree section of the path to High Crag
The Buttermere Valley from near the top of the path
Haystacks from near the top of the path
Another path coming up from Dubs Quarry joins this one
A last look back to the Buttermere valley before the path turns to the west as it passes behind Green Crag
Great Round How
Fleetwith Pike from above Green Crag gully
The path wends its way over a rugged area of heather studded with rocky tors and tarns towards the summit of Haystacks
This is a fascinating place to explore when the mist is down
Blackbeck Tarn, the largest of the tarns on Haystacks
Beyond Blackbeck Tarn the path makes a steep rising traverse on a shelf above Black Beck
Buttermere and Crummock Water from Black Beck
Looking back to Green Crag on the climb from Black Beck
From the same point looking towards Fleetwith Pike
Innominate Tarn
The path leading towards the summit from Innominate Tarn
Approaching the summit
The summit of Haystacks
Hindscarth and the ridge leading to Dale Head
The Helvellyn range over Fleetwith col
Looking back to Innominate Tarn
Kirk Fell across Ennerdale
The crags and coves of Pillar
Ennerdale
High Crag

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