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Buttermere Haystacks Circular Walk

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Lake District National Park

Buttermere Haystacks Circular Walk is a 8 mile loop trail located near Gatesgarth, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips.

Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,171 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wildlife

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.

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6 months ago

Great walk, with amazing views at the top. Although it was more difficult than we expected! Our dog managed fine scrambling up but we were very glad we did the route in an anti-clockwise direction.

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8 months ago

A true hike complete with everything you want, views, scrambles and plenty of water. Loved every second, even though it dumped rain on us non-stop from start to finish.

hiking
10 months ago

This is one of our favourite walks as a family you can turn right at scarp gap and do the three peaks which over look buttermere . At the end go for a swim In the lake

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Wed Oct 24 2018

I believe this walk is moderate not easy. The walk is dependent on weather. We spoke to Two people who were both lost. Young children on this walk will need a lot of care. Please be careful on this difficult walk. It’s a five star walk for children (as long as they are able to walk for 17km) if you have good weather. But if you have low cloud and rain it’s very difficult.

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