Today’s walk was the third outing for the ‘Lakes Buddies’, a 14km trek up two mountains. The route above is a circular walk taking in Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike. A fair bit of scrambling was involved on the ascent of Haystacks!!
We also had a new member join the ranks on this outing, unfortunately he shares my name, which was a bit confusing at times!! Welcome aboard Scott (see what i mean)
So..on to the walk…..
The weather could not have been better when we pulled into the Bridge Hotel car park at the start of the walk. I think a few of the members were a bit worried about the height of the fells before us? Red Pike and High Stile tower over the village of Buttermere, but I did reassure them that they were not on our to do list today 😂
So Craig, Emma, Leanne, Julie, Stuart, Scott, and I set off with a spring in our steps towards Buttermere water and on to the main path towards Haystacks.
But first a group photo…
And the now customary ‘in flight mode’ group shot…
Perfect conditions for walking and photography….
The walk along the shoreline of Buttermere on a day like today was just stunning.
However, it was soon time to start the climbing!!
The initial pull up on to Scarp gap pass is harder than it looks…Add a bit of heat from the sun, and I think we were all puffing a bit as we ascended.
A few more from the climb up…
It was a busy day on the fells today, lots of families climbing up to Haystacks. It’s a popular little mountain, but not easy by any stretch of the imagination.
I’ve been up quite a few times with my two sons. Our first two attempts failed due to the poor weather. I said it back then and I still say it today. The mountain will still be there tomorrow, the trick is to make sure you are too!!
Never be afraid to turn back around.
Anyway, there was no chance of that yesterday in the glorious conditions.
A popular route
Stopping for a pose at the top of Scarth Gap Pass
After a quick break (and photo shoot) it was on with the climb.
A welcome flat path
These photos were taken about half way up the pass. Still a long way to go yet.
Time for a quick breather and a coffee.
And for Emma to suggest yet another Lakes Buddies summit pose….
Not sure about this one Emma?
Let’s stick to the jumping in the air one for now 😂
Time to push on to the summit
Leanne and Julie approaching the summit with the mighty Pillar behind..
Craig on the edge..
Touchdown….we’re on the summit of Haystacks..
When you get to the summit it is easy to see why legendary fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright chose this as his final resting place. The views are probably some of the best in the lakes.
Looking in to Ennerdale valley from the summit…
The guys on the second summit point.
Haystacks was the last fell that Wainwright climbed before his deteriorating eyesight made it too risky to climb any more. His ashes were scattered in Innominate Tarn on the summit.
It seemed like a fitting place to stop for lunch.
It was at this point that disaster struck!!!
Stu had lost his favourite hat, and was absolutely distraught.
Thankfully someone had a spare bit of headgear for him… suits you sir 😁
After a quick lunch break it was time to head on to our second summit of the day, Fleetwith Pike.
Lovely views back over Buttermere and Crummock Water from here.
And another edge for Craig to hang over 😮
A few pics of the walk over from Haystacks to Fleetwith Pike…
Emma and Stu looking for the pub back in Buttermere.
Leanne and Scott negotiating a water crossing
Heading over the disused Dubs quarry
Not far from the summit now as we head up on to the spine of Fleetwith.
It’s a long way down from here mind…
Can anyone spot the black car on the Honister pass road???
And for the second time today, we’re on the summit…
We are now at the highest point of today’s walk at 648 metres.
It’s all downhill from here…..
And what a hill to come down!!
I’ve only come down this way once before, I always ascend this fell rather than descend it. I now know there’s a reason for that…..
It is a lot easier going up than it is coming down!!!
Still, it all adds to the adventure guys 😂
Craig definitely has a thing about edges 😮
Don’t do it Craig!!!!
Lovely views from here…
The steep descent…
The weather was changing now…it was getting cold and wet, we’d been walking for around 6 hours, and tiredness was setting in.
One final push to the bottom and then we can start thinking about the end of walk drink in the Fish Inn 😁
The road is long……
Back in the comfort of the pub….
The food here was delish 😀
All in all another fab walk with fab people….
Until the next time guys….