Buttermere Haystacks Loop is a 8.1 mile loop trail located near the city of Buttermere that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This route starts at the little Church in Buttermere (free parking along the roadside, pay parking facilities are around the Buttermere area also), then follow Buttermere lakeside then up to Haystacks. The ascent to Haystacks is well within the capabilities of most people. Children would be able to tackle this walk providing plenty of time was taken into account. The descent needs a little care with children but there are plenty of hand-holding locations on the way down. This route is very picturesque and offers plenty of rest stops to admire the surrounding views. There are a number of tarns and a little bothie along the route. Ideal for photographers. Just prior to Haystacks summit is Innominate Tarn. Haystacks was Wainrights (Popular Walker and author of several Lake District books) favorite fell, and had is ashes scattered at this tarn after he died. The descent takes you down a craggy patch at the beginning of the descent. If you are with younger children just taken your time and offer plenty of handholding over this little bit. Once past that its a steady descent to Buttermere lake. You follow the lake back via a local pub. The views are breathtaking and if you are short on time and want to take in a true Lake District fell - this is the one for you.