Sunday 7 August 2011

Haystacks Walk

Here are some pics from today's venture up Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike

In order to get the most out of the Lakes you need to understand the weather. Start with the Met Office mountains section. It's very good and tells you which bit to explore to minimise (not remove all risk of) rain. It is the Lake District after al,l and it doesn't get that name without water falling from the sky to create the said Lakes.

So having driven through torrential rain in the East Lakes we entered the West and South to find lots of cloud but little rain. In fact today we had rain coats on for only a short time.

So the start was from Gatesgarth car park. Straight up Hay Stacks

Some great views down to Crummock and Buttermere lakes (Enjoyed a fantastic swim at the end of the walk).

From the top of Haystacks follow the path to the Inominate Tarn. The tarn with no name. Technially you could argue that the title Inominate is in fact a name. But lets not go there

From the tarn carry on towards Fleetwoth Pike. Some stunning views unravelled
You will pass a small Slate mine with a really interesting little house that you can rent from the Honister Slate Mine

Then up to the Pike

Stunning views

On the way down there is a massive standing stone. I suspect the creation of years of endevour to get it into place. A religious relic or sacrifice site

Or the result of some trick pics


The other pics are uploaded on the album to the right

Takes about 4 to 5 hours including lunch

Great day out.

Thoughts however shared throughout with the challenges facing my colelagues and peers in London. Just amazing how beautiful this place is.

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