Haystacks - Wainwright's favourite


One of Wainwright’s favourite mountains the rocky outcrops on its summit ridge provide many a quiet corner for meditation with a wonderful view and Haystacks will be remembered by many as his chosen final resting place. At just under 600m Haystacks is quite lowly compared to its lofty neighbours but provides fabulous views of these higher peaks such as Great Gable and Pillar as well as a superb vista down Buttermere.

The easiest route is from Honister Pass either descending to the Buttermere Valley via Scarth Gap or perhaps returning to Honister via Brandreth and Grey Knotts. Alternatively Haystacks can be combined with Fleetwith Pike to give an excellent circuit from Buttermere or linked with others of the Buttermere Fells for a long days hike.

During the summer Buttermere may be reached from Keswick by bus which also provides the opportunity for a linear walk