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Haystacks and Buttermere walk

8.3 mile trail near United Kingdom taking in Buttermere lake and a modest sized fell
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Haystacks walk is about 8.3 miles long and located near United Kingdom. The trail is great for walking and normally takes a full day.

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Who was on the Walk: Neil, Graham, Stephen - November 2012

After spending a lot of downtime since the 10 in 10 challenge we did, we decided it was time to get back out on the fells. (Of course Storm is out every weekend so no biggy for him)

We wanted to start with a walk that wouldnt be too strenous. Steve picked this route. Which starts at the little Church in Buttermere (free parking along the roadside, pay parking facilities are around the Buttermere area also), then follow Buttermere lakeside then up to Haystacks.

It's a great walk that isnt too demanding. The ascent to Haystacks is well within the capabilities of most people. Children would be able to tackle this walk providing plenty of time was taken into account. The descent needs a little care with children but there are plenty of hand-holding locations on the way down.

This route is very picturesque and offers plenty of rest stops to admire the surrounding views. There are a number of tarns and a little bothie along the route (see pictures). Ideal for Photographers. Take a tripod for panoramic opportunities on the top of Haystacks.

Just prior to Haystacks summit is Innominate Tarn. Haystacks was Wainrights (Popular Walker and author of several Lake District books) favourite fell, and had is ashes scattered at this tarn after he died.

The descent takes you down a craggy patch at the beginning of the descent. If you are with younger children just taken your time and offer plenty of handholding over this little bit. Once past that its a steady descent to Buttermere lake. You follow the lake back via the Fish Pub (handy for a pit stop) then onto the car.

The views are breathtaking and if you are short on time and want to take in a true Lake District fell - this is the one for you.

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  • Takes in a Lake and Fell in the same route
  • The Fish Inn at the end of the walk offers pub lunches and drinks
  • There is a great Ice cream shop in Buttermere (locally made) for kids and Adults!
  • Plenty of Parking in the area. Some free/Some paid
  • Dog Friendly (check out the pictures!)
  • Child friendly
  • Picturesque views, great for photography
  • Bothie is located on route to shelter from the Rain should you need it
  • If you want a pram friendly walk. Skip Haystacks and follow the Lake all around. You would be able to manage it with a sturdy pram/buggie
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