Haystacks & Buttermere walk - Alfred Wainwrights best Lake District view

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The summit of Haystacks gives some of the best views in the Lake District - and if you are prepared to walk a little later on an evening then you could be in for a treat with an amazing sunset such as this!



Haystacks & Buttermere walk - Alfred Wainwrights best Lake District view


Distance: 4.5 miles.
Time: 2.5-3.5 hours with stops 
Difficulty: Moderate. Whilst relatively short - and on a well-marked path - the walk does have steep inclines and declines and a few bits to scramble up as you approach Haystacks from Scratch Gap. Highly recommended though!

Map of the route:

Start at Gatesgarth Farm and head up to Scarth Gap Pass and onto Haystacks.


Extend your walk by walking around Buttermere before your ascent of Haystacks

To extend your walk with a pleasant low-level walk around the edge of Buttermere - start at Buttermere village and head along the western edge of Buttermere and then onto Scarth Gap Pass & Haystacks

Some of the views you will see walking around Buttermere:


Buttermere is a stunning place especially when the sun is shining and the water is like a mirror.

Early morning calm reflections on Buttermere


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A classic view, looking over Buttermere lake towards Fleetwith Pike (near the tree) and Haystacks (Alfred Wainwrights favourite Lake District mountain) to the right of Fleetwith Pike.



Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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