Mark surprised me with a lovely present the other day, a full set of Alfred Wainwright's Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells! I was thrilled to bits as I have wanted a set of these for a long time. Fabulous little books, I love all the little intricate drawings and walk descriptions.
So here we are again with another planned walk to bag a Wainwright or two.
The forecast for Saturday didn't look too great, pretty wet in fact and as we had a few DIY jobs we needed to get done we decided to plan our walk for Sunday instead as the forecast was for sun all day.
The plan was to bag two Wainwrights in the Western Fells - Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike.
Haystacks was A.W.'s favourite fell and through his Pictorial Guide he requested his ashes be scattered there.
We parked up at the Pay and Display car park at Gatesgarth Farm, we'd read that the price changes there regularly so we thought we'd try there first before looking elsewhere. We normally look out for the NT car parks but the closest one would've added an extra couple of miles onto the walk. The charge at Gatesgarth Farm today was £4 so for a day of parking sounded fairly reasonable.
|View from Peggy's Bridge|
|Scarth Gap Pass|
The route flattened out briefly before the steep ascent to Haystacks Summit.
|At the summit of Haystacks (1959 ft)|
We were pleased to reach the top and were rewarded with some fine views. There are two cairns at the summit, the two are at approximately the same elevation but the North one is usually reckoned to be the true summit.
|The scenery here is just amazing and the landscape like something from a fairytale|
|This was the busiest section of the route all day|
|path up to Green Crag|
Continuing onwards towards Dubs Quarry and a bothy called Dubs Hut. We used to refer to our Labrador - Whisper - as Dubs so these names made us smile... especially an area on the OS map called Dubs Bottom!
|View from the bothy|
The route towards Fleetwith Pike was a bit unclear so we just headed in a Northerly direction until we picked up the more defined path running towards the summit.
|Onward to Fleetwith Pike|
|Fleetwith Pike Summit - 2126ft|
|Fantastic views of Buttermere|
The views from Fleetwith Pike are our new favourite. A gorgeous view of Buttermere and the 'toy cars' on the road far below us.
|The path back down|
|OK here goes|
|Fanny Mercer memorial cross|
Then it was just a short walk along the road and we were back at the car again.
|Time for a brew|
After that we paid a visit to St James' Church in Buttermere to see the A.W. memorial plaque.
|A.W. memorial window looking out towards Haystacks|
|St James' Church, Buttermere|
Anyway, on a lighter note, the end of another grand day out in the Lakes, we walked 7 miles, bagged two more Wainwrights (15/214) and found a handful of caches... it was one of those days that you never wanted to end .... looking forward to planning our next walk.