logo Walking Britain

Lake District Walk
Haystacks from Honister Pass

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Western Fells

Wainwrights - Haystacks

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Ascent - 1700 feet / 515 metres

Time - 4 hours 30 minutes

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NY225135
Lat 54.510857 // Long -3.19852
Postcode CA12 5XJ (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Haystacks from Honister Pass
Click thumbnails for larger images.

Haystacks, despite its relatively lowly stature (597 m.), was a favourite haunt of Wainwright. Surrounded by many high fells and with views to many of the other major peaks in Lakeland, Haystacks is a very worthwhile objective for a half day Lake District walk.

The start is the top of Honister Pass (Grid ref. NY 225135) where there is a car park near the slate mine and some limited roadside parking. Honister Pass also benefits from a limited bus service. From the car park walk alongside the road towards Buttermere passing the slate factory on your left. The path exits left and climbs immediately leading you onto the old trackbed of a quarry incline. You have over 500 feet of ascent before the incline begins to descend reaching an old quarry building at Dubs Quarry.

The path goes to the left of the building and descends half left to cross a stream, which can be difficult to cross after heavy rain. Once across the stream the path begins to climb again weaving through a rocky landscape with excellent views of Buttermere to your right. Still climbing you pass Blackbeck Tarn on your left before reaching the shores of Innominate Tarn. Skirting the northern shore the path continues to the summit of Haystacks.

The summit of Haystacks deserves some time. It is a fascinating place to be with many simple scrambles to keep you busy, a small tarn and excellent views. To the west you have the High Stile Ridge, Buttermere and Crummock Water, and the Grasmoor massif whilst in other directions there is a vast array of fells including Great Gable, Scafell Pike, Pillar and Helvellyn. Once you have enjoyed the views return by the same route making sure you have enough energy for the climb from Dubs Quarry to the summit of the incline.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.

Covid 19 Update for Walkers

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL4Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL4Digital Map1:25kBUY
Ordnance Survey Landranger 90Sheet Map1:50kBUY
Anquet OS Landranger 90Digital Map1:50kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

GPS files - right click or option-click the button and choose "Save As..." to download this file.

Recommended Books & eBooks

Great Mountain Days in the Lake District

Great Mountain Days in the Lake DistrictAn inspirational guidebook to 50 challenging walks on the high fells of the Lake District. The graded circular routes, between 4 and 14 miles in length, cover classic Lakeland summits like Fairfield, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Blencathra, to the lesser-known High Spy, King's How and Brund Fell.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Walking - Covid 19 update

Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.