14th June 03 - Hay Stacks

Hot day. Started at Gatesgarth at the end of Buttermere and climbed (and climbed and climbed) up Buttermere fell to Scarth Gap and on along the ridge to Hay Stacks. Quite a scramble. 
Hay Stacks is 1950 ft high - just 50ft short of what can officially be called a mountain. It was Alfred Wainwright's favourite hill and his ashes were scattered here. The views over Buttermere and Crummock Water (one lake until after the Ice Age!) are quite superb. Then a long descent over a lot of loose scree to return via the of quarry track in Warnscale Bottom. 
We recknon about 7 miles and it took 5 hours.

Meadow at start of walk overlooking Buttermere
Crossing Gatesgarthdale Beck Inominate Tarn right at the summit of Hay Stacks
Blackbeck Tarn Scramble to the summit
Just below the top of Hay Stacks looking over Buttermere and Crummock Water beyond

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