August 16th 2012
We were driving through Buttermere today and decided to stop and walk up to Haystacks. It was to be a day of mixed weather, setting off from Buttermere in warm sunshine with shorts and tshirts the choice of both myself and Christine. We caught up with and passed a family making their way up to Scarth Gap, Haystacks is a very popular destination for families due to it's ease of access however by the time we reached the summit it would be the last place you would want your young children to be.
After the slog up to Scarth Gap it was good to get the hands on rock for the little scrambles just before the summit. The sky was now starting to darken and with a few drops of rain in the air we decided to don the waterproofs, just in time as it happens. We stood on the summit in an absolute deluge, it was similar to being in a cold power shower, I wished Christine a happy 32nd Wedding Anniversary and then we decided to push on and find shelter from the gale. By the time we reached Innominate Tarn the paths had turned into streams and because of the weather conditions there would be no photo's on the summit area.
Eventually the rain slowed up but not before we had reached Blackbeck Tarn and after the heavy concentration on exposed slippery paths with running water it had not been possible to enjoy the stunning scenery. Eventually we reached Warnscale Beck after Christine had a fall on sloping rock giving her cocyx a nasty knock, as if that wasn't enough the beck was in full flow with the stepping stones covered in 12 inches of fast flowing water. After much discussion and searching for another crossing point we decided to go for it and hope not to be swept away, thankfully two successful crossings completed. With the exciting stuff out of the way we could enjoy the path back to Buttermere village with superb views along the valley to Buttermere lake and Crummock Water.
I will have to visit Haystacks in better conditions another day because the huge summit area is a special place and I can understand why Alfred Wainwright considered it his favourite fell top.
1 Wainwright completed - 20 in total.
Haystacks - 597 mts.