Warnscale Bothy and Haystacks

Name of walk Warnscale Bothy and Haystacks
Date of walk 2012-05-03
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies
Peaks on walk Haystacks
Walked with Ged and Kas the blind dog
Parking Parking spaces just past Gatesgarth

Yesterday was going to be an excellent day so Ged, Kas and I drove to Gatesgarth near Buttermere to climb Haystacks (1958ft) via Warnscale Bothy. A short walk of just five and a quarter miles.

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On the way we stopped off on the side of Grasmere to take some pix. Some excellent panoramic reflections today.

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We then stopped at the side of Buttermere for the classic panoramic view of Fleetwith Pike, Warnscale Head and Haystacks. Our route up is in the middle.

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Panorama. Looking up to High Stile and Red Pike.

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Closer view.

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We parked just past Gatesgarth Farm and headed into Warnscale Bottom. Haystacks ahead.

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Crossing the footbridge.....Well, I used the footbridge!

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We headed up the valley. Looking back at Buttermere.

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Warnscale Bothy is easily missed as it is off the main path and very well camouflaged. Walkers just ahead of us, and just behind us went by oblivious to its presence. It was once an old miners's shelter.

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It has a great spot!

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There are two unroofed areas used for cooking and one small room with stone raised platforms on three sides, with plenty of foam bedrolls. The main entrance is down a narrow corridor, just remember to duck!

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Not a huge amount of space. The bothy was re-roofed in 2006.

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A room with a view!

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The complete view from outside. The path you can see is the one on the other side of the ravine. The ravine contains some excellent waterfalls and pools.

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Close-up of Buttermere and Crummock Water.

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We took the short-cut route up that brings you out on to the main track at this point.

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The views out were excellent for the hike over to Black Beck Tarn, but all the same! Black Beck Tarn with Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable behind.

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Buttermere view.

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We then headed up to Innominate Tarn where we would have lunch before heading up to the left for the views down into Ennerdale and then for Haystack's summit on the right. This is one of the major spots that people scatter ashes, and they are much more noticable, both in and out of the water than thet used to be. You have to watch where you sit!

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A toy boat on one of the ponds behind the tarn.

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Looking across Innominate Tarn to Pillar.

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Looking back to Innominate Tarn with Great Gable on the right.

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Black Sail Hut at the bottom of the Ennerdale Valley. Great Gable and Kirk fell behind.

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Panorama from the point on the ridge where you can look into Ennerdale on the left and then on the other side of High Crag to the Buttermere valley. A bit hazy over Ennerdale Water.

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The tarn on the summit.

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Haystack's summit. Ged and Kas with Robinson behind.

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It is a bit of a climb to get down, but easy enough. Looking back up at one of the climbing sections.

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Panorama. Looking over Gamlin End to High Crag. We head down to Scarth Gap below.

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From Scarth Gap looking back up at the last section of the climb down, the summit is way out of view....

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Looking back into Warnscale Valley and our route up on the right of the ravine.

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Kas leading the way down.

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The track back to Gatesgarth Farm

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View up Buttemere.

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Panorama looking back into the valley with the ridge of Fleetwith Pike on the left.

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Fleetwith Pike

We got an ice cream at the farm and then walked back to the car and headed for Rannerdale to see the bluebells.
An excellent walk in warmth and sunshine. Today must be our summer!
Jo.
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