The weather was spot on again today, with bright sunshine and a cool breeze. My friend Emily from work joined me on todays walk up beautiful Haystacks.

 

Date: 2nd February 2012 Ascent (m/ft): 878m (2881ft)
  Start Location: Hassness Highest Point: Haystacks (597m/1959ft)
  Time Started: 10:00 Parking: Roadside near Hassness
  Duration: 4 Hours 20 Minutes Weather: Calm and Sunny
  Distance:

10.9km - 6.77 Miles

Difficulty: Moderate
Hassness - Gatesgarth - Warnscale Bottom - Blackbeck Tarn - Innominate Tarn - Haystacks - Scarth Gap - Gatesgarth - Hassness
 
 
On the way over to Buttermere from Keswick we stopped at the top of Newlands Pass to nip out for a quick look at Moss Force which was stunning! Most of the beck and waterfall had frozen creating some remarkable scenary.
Moss Force... Now on with the walk up Haystacks.
High Crag and High Stile from the road to Gatesgarth.
Haystacks - our target for today.
High Crag and High Stile again.
A view down Buttermere to Mellbreak.
The Buttermere Pines infront of High Crag.
Warnscale Beck.
Clear blue skies overhead this morning.
High Crag, not looking very steep, but I can tell you it is!
Buttermere, a small section of Crummock Water, Mellbreak, Darling Fell and Rannerdale Knotts.
A wide shot looking down a shaded Warnscale Bottom to Buttermere.
Green and Great Gable over Blackbeck Tarn. Kirk Fell to the right.
Buttermere and the Grasmoor fells.
Green Crag with a glimpse of the Helvellyn Range.
Pillar watching over a frozen Innominate Tarn.

Innominate Tarn. Time for a spot of lunch... How about the island on the left?

Braving the ice (which was well over 4inches thick).
Scafell Pike - the roof of England.
Great Gable, Scafell Pike and Kirk Fell over Innominate Tarn.
And again from further along the path.
One of the three cairns on the top of Haystacks. This one has the best view.
An uninterrupted view down to Buttermere and Crummock Water.
The awesome Pillar.
Ennerdale and High Crag.
The highest point with a grand view of Great Gable at the head of Ennerdale.
And lastly Fleetwith Pike on the descent from Scarth Gap.