16th November 2008

Wandering about on Haystacks


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 13.00
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with On my own
bottom of Honister Pass - Gatescarth - Scarth Gap - Haystacks - Great Round How - above Dubs Bottom - Dubs Hut - Warnscale Bottom - bottom of Honister Pass
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere

This is an incredibly popular parking spot that fills up very early in the day. If you arrive here to find it full, simply continue towards Honister Pass where there is usually spaces available on the couple of small car parks found along here.

I think this car park is actually owned by Gatesgarth Farm. There is a full day charge but every time I come here the price is different.
More often than not you've find a van here selling refreshments.


Route Map

Walking through Gatescarth Farm to reach Scarth Gap Pass.

Haystacks seen from Gatesgarth Farm.

Looking back to Gatesgarth Farm from Peggy's Bridge.

Last night's weather forecast on TV said that it had to be warmer then average for the time of year, and they weren't joking. It was red hot walking up here, the only other two people I met on the walk said the same thing. By coincidence we'd all stopped at the same place to start taking layers off.

On the steeper section of the route above Scarth Gap, looking towards Buttermere, Crummock Water and the north western fells.

The view across to High Crag and the steep scree of Gamlin End.

The imposing bulk of Pillar seen over Ennerdale.

Haystacks summit.


Looking back across the ridge to Haystacks summit. Not quite the driest of places, with lots of wandering back and forth from one rocky section to another needed to stay reasonably dry.

Another picture showing Pillar.


Eventually the sun came out and very nice it was too.


Dubs Bottom; a wet and boggy area which I've fallen victim to in the past. Today I decided stick to a slightly higher line above the boggy ground.

Crossing one of the small becks that run into Dubs Bottom.

Dubs Hut.

Gatesgarth Cottage. It almost seemed a shame to go home now that it had turned into a nice afternoon.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks