Although not the longest or highest of walks this route is no less spectacular. Starting at Gatesgarth Farm we cross the fields to climb the good path to Scarth Gap, the pass between Buttermere and Ennerdale, from here we turn onto the ridge to climb to the rocky summit of Haystacks. A wonderful rocky mountain with great views of the higher Mountains on all sides. From the summit of Haystacks we will follow the ridge east around several of the lesser tops, taking time to find all the best views of the surrounding land and taking in some of the tarns along the ridge, including Innominate Tarn, the final resting place of Alfred
Wainwright. Once we descend to Dubs Quarry we will take one of the paths that descends by Warnscale Beck back to Gatesgarth Farm. We often extend the route a little to take in the extra summit of Fleetwith Pike, descending over Fleetwith Edge to Gatesgarth, with some of the best views over Buttermere. Please ask if you would like to do this alternate route.
Where to Meet:
From Keswick: Leave Keswick on the Borrowdale Road (from the mini roundabout near the co-op) Follow this road for approx 8 miles, passing through Rosthwaite to the village of Seatoller, from here the road climbs over Honister Pass, descend the eastern slopes of the pass to Gatesgarth Farm, a car park will be seen on the opposite side of the road from the farm, there is a charge for this car park. We will meet by the bridge. From Cockermouth: Leave Cockermouth on the Lorton Road, leaving town opposite Sainsburys. Follow this road through the village of Low Lorton and continue until a road leads to the left, signposted for Buttermere, follow this road and continue past Buttermere. After the road passes alongside the lake a farm will be reached on the right, park in the car park opposite (there is a charge for this car park), we will meet by the bridge.
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