Walk 1065 - printer friendly version
Haystacks from Honister Pass Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Ascent - 1700 feet / 515 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference NY225135
Lat 54.510857 + Long -3.1985197
Postcode CA12 5XJ (approx. location only)
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.