Haystacks, High Crag, High Stile, Red Pike

13 Miles

9th July 2017

This walk starts once again at the parking area just above St James, in Buttermere, and goes further to improve my knowledge of the fells that surround this popular area.

Looking up, I see that all of the peaks that I'm walking today are currently in cloud.6.20am. Haystacks, High Crag, High Stile (off the right hand side) all in cloud.

 

 

A couple of new signs have been put up since I was last here...

A kissing gate where a sign has been put up by the local farmer indicating that 3 lambs have been killed by dogs this season.3 lambs killed.

 

Another sign indicating that 4 lambs have been killed by dogs this season.4 lambs killed.

 

 

 

A small excavator parked up at the bridge between Dalegarth and Hassness.  Fresh surface works are evident.Trail maintenance at Dalegarth/Hassness.

 

 

 

Fleetwith Pike on the left and Haystacks on the righe.  Clouds swings down between them, into Warnscale, where I'm heading.Fleetwith Pike, left, Haystacks, right.

 

 

Low cloud on High Crag.  I'll be up there later...

low cloud on high crag butressHigh Crag Buttress.

 

 

 

gatesgarthGatesgarth.

 

Taking the track to the right, after Gatesgarth, to head towards Warnscale Beck... 

heading round to warnscale beckHeading round to Warnscale Beck.

 

 

Looking up Warnscale Beck.  Green Crag in the middle, Haystacks to the right.

warnscale

 

 

The path steepens after the footbridge.  Green Crag is straight ahead...

heading up warnscale beck

 

 

 

streak of light on haystacksStreak of light on Haystacks.

 

 

 

The path winding its way up the other side of Warnscale BeckThe path winding its way up the other side of Warnscale Beck.

 

 

 Stealthy bothy...

warnscale bothyWarnscale bothy.

 

 

 

bothy doorBothy door.

 

 

 

room with a viewRoom with a view.

 

 

 

deck of cardsDeck of cards.

 

 

 

time to leaveTime to leave.

 

 

 

little round howLittle Round How.

 

 

I took a quick walk up to the top of Little Round How.  By the time I came back down, this was how things looked..

little round how in cloudLittle Round How, in cloud.

 

 

So I turn to head along to Haystacks, first up is Green Crag... 

green cragGreen Crag.

 

 

 

campers by blackbeck tarnCampers by Blackbeck Tarn.

 

 

 

blackbeck tarnBlackbeck Tarn.

 

 

 

green crag right haystacks leftGreen Crag. right, Haystacks left.

 

 

A rock stream..

gully

 

 

 

innominate tarnInnominate Tarn.

 

 

 

haystacks summit just visibleHaystacks summit, just visible.

 

 

As I arrived at the summit, another two walkers popped up at the other side.  Amusingly, one had a fishing rod, and they explained that they were heading to Blackbeck Tarn to catch Trout!  

haystacks summitHaystacks Summit.

 

 

 Setting off down to Scarth Gap...

the path down to scarth gap

 

 

 At Scarth Gap, looking up Seat...

 first look at seatFirst look at Seat.

 

 

 

looking up to seatSeat.

 

 

Nearing the top of Seat, locals hang out...

localsHerdwicks.

 

 

After walking along Seat, the ascent to High Crag begins.  Very steep and prolonged.  On the plus side, the cloud appeared to clear at the same rate that I ascended...

looking up to high cragHigh Crag.

 

 

Another look behind to Seat, and Haystacks...

looking back to seat with haystacks behindSeat and Haystacks.

 

 

Almost at the top of High Crag, breaks in the cloud offer stunning views of where I've been...

smouldering haystacksSmouldering Haystacks.

 

 

Another glimpse of Ennerdale Water.  Now heading along to High Stile, the cloud still lifting at a similar rate as I ascend...

looking ahead to high stileLooking ahead to High Stile...

 

 

Good views down to Buttermere...

buttermere from high cragButtermere from High Crag.

 

 

Looking over to Pillar.

pillarPillar.

 

 

Looking over to Robinson...

nice view over to robinson

 

 

The cloud just clearing High Stile summit, ready for my arrival...

high stileHigh Stile.

 

 

More views north(east)...

looking over buttermereThe north western fells...

 

 

Climbers make there way up Grey Crags (just visible in this photo, if you know where to look).  Something strange - I could hear a metallic pinging sound at this point, at a frequency similar to a creaking tree.  Maybe something to do with the climbers?  Who knows...

climbers on grey cragClimbers on Grey Crags.

 

 

One of my favourite shots of the day.  Subtle lighting over Fleetwith Pike and Honister Pass.  What a view...

view from high stileView from high stile.

 

 

Bleaberry Tarn (the little one on the left).  Apparently, according to the two I met on Haystacks, there's fish in there, too..!

bleaberry tarnBleaberry Tarn and Crummock Water.

 

 

The top of High Stile...

red pike summitHigh Stile Summit.

 

 

Looking along to Red Pike.  Cloud now clear of the surrounding fells...

red pikeRed Pike.

 

 

Only Grasmoor holding on to the cloud.  You can see Derwent Water and Keswick, just over High Snockrigg.  Blencathra in the distance...

the view through to keswickThe view through to Keswick.

 

 

Heading downwards, now.  The path towards Scale Force...

path to scale force

 

 

Scale Beck, which at this point is the path...

scale beckScale Beck.

 

 

Tricky rock step.  It's the getting down off the other side that's tricky.

scale beck rock step

 

 

Back down at ground level.  Next to Buttermere Dubs, looking up to High Snockrigg...

the gate to buttermere dubs

 

 

And back in Buttermere...

photographing st jamesPhotographing St James.