Gatesgarth and Haystacks Circular is a 4.8 mile loop trail located near Gatesgarth, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length4.8 miElevation gain1,778 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a wonderful walk that could be great for families with young children, if not for the need to use your hands on the way up. If going with kids you can do the walk in reverse and walk up to Haystacks and back the same way, avoiding the challenging bits. This is a wonderful walk and gives truly unique scenery in the Lakes. From the car park across from Gatesgarth Farm, cross the street and continue down the path to the right of the barn and through two gates onto a large track to the left of a hedge. Pass another gate at 275m and continue ahead before passing yet another gate in 275m and heading on a path uphill. At the top of a set of stone stairs turn left and continue uphill. Starting in mid-May you will start to see occasional bluebells while you ascend. Bluebells reach their peak later in the summer. You pass yet another gate and continue ahead. You’re aiming for Scarth Gap which is ahead on the right-hand mini saddle. After passing a stream, pass through a stonewall and continue uphill, reaching Scarth Gap after 2.4km (2.4km from the start). From here, continue uphill to the left on a well-defined path. As you head uphill there are a few sections requiring use of hands. This scrambly section can be challenging if the trail is wet. As you pass over Haystacks the views unfold, and at 3.5km (3.5km from the start) you reach the stunning Innominate Tarn. As you walk downhill you get great views in all directions. 410m later you cross the stream that comes out of Black Beck Tarn and the left-hand path heading back uphill. After 450m ignore a path going off to the right and when the path splits in two 90m later, take the right-hand path in the direction of an old stone building on other side of the valley. The left-hand path also takes you back down the valley but isn’t as scenic. Then you will need to cross a stream where poles can come in handy after lots of rain. From here on follow the well-worn path back down to Gatesgarth farm where you started.

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joe cowx
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Haystacks with a lunch stop at the bothy, good little walk

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Chris Stott
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Superb walk.

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jessica wallbank
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Beautiful walk! We arrived around 1pm and parked in and paid £4 for the very handy car park provided by the lovely farm owners! it was quite busy even for a Monday afternoon! Found the start of the footpath easily from the side of the road. The waterfall is absolutely stunning and the water is crystal clear! Views are beautiful too and there are lots of ponds/stream areas for the dogs to cool off in even at the very top. Some parts of the path can be steep and very rocky! We had 5 dogs and my sister is fairly new to hiking and we managed absolutely fine and had a beautiful day out.

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Harish Patel
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Hannah Norris
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Amanda Waltz
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Hands down my favorite hike of my trip to the Lake District.

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Fredrik Uhr
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Not one of the best in the Lake District area , Only ok views from the top

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David Wilde
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Very tricky in cloudy conditions at the summit with children. We took my 6 year old. Although plenty of children were completing this trail successfully, under foggy conditions we would avoid. There were a few concerned parents towards the top. On a clear/dry day I'm not sure it would have been such an issue however but worth bearing in mind. The descent was excellent however. Crossing streams, stepping stones, small waterfalls. A real adventure and would highly recommend.

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Michelle Rae
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Dean Hanley
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Stu Tweddle
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Paul Ashurst
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We got a bit lost on the return but still a great hike , it’s a fair way out by car to the start

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Benjamin Hudson
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Kim Lee
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Andy Chow
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kharka magar
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Anastasiia Voitkevic
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Mark Stainthorpe
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Peter Walker
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Jackie Moran
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Adam Taylor
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beata ringart
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Peter Mackinder
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