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Haystacks Between Ennerdale And Buttermere Valleys, Cumbria, UK

We have been fortunate with the weather this spring after the disastrous flooding November 2009 which saw Cockermouth severely flooded and a lot of the English Lakeland in disarray.

It was a good day to take my Canon 5d for a walk up behind YHA Black Sail onto Haystacks.  The route we took was west towards the mouth of the valley and we ascended  Scarth Gap between Ennerdale and Buttermere.  On the way up we had great views to Ennerdale Lake and of Pillar Rock standing tall below Pillar’s Summit. After a brief respite in Scarth Gap where I shot some photos of High Stile and the ridge we continued the scramble onto Haystacks.

The views as we walked across its summit across Butteremere Valley with its Lake and out towards Crummock Water were awe-inspiring.  Despite living in this region seasonally for nearly two years now I am still blown away with the magnificent scenery.

Haystacks has to be one of my favourite walks from the Ennerdale Valley, a feeling shared by the late A. Wainwright.  Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) is best known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which he put together between 1952 and 1966. These handwritten and hand-drawn works of art have given inspiration to all true fell walkers for more than forty years.

Wainwright was the man who recommended Haystack’s attraction and chose it as the place where he wanted his ashes scattered making it one of the most popular fells in the Lake District. Its summit is full of interest and contains a number of attractive rock formations and tarns.

Our walk then looped round onto the increasingly popular coast to coast walk from St. Bees To Robin Hood Bay.  We joined the route from the top of Loft Beck and headed back in the direction of St. Bees as we descended back down the well trod path into the bottom of Ennerdale Valley.

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