Friday, July 23, 2010

Haystacks

Time for a little something else from my holiday I think. I already mentioned that possibly my favourite place in the Lakes is at Buttermere. Buttermere lake sits right underneath Haystacks, a fell I have wanted to climb ever since I started taking trips to the lakes, and this year I actually did it :)
We had pretty much a perfect walking day weather wise, not too hot and not too windy or rainy, we decided to combine the walk up Haystacks with a walk round Buttermere so it was a good 7 or 8 miles altogether I think, can't remember exactly now. In the picture above you can see the lake with the crinkly top of Haystacks in the background.
My friend, Morris the Marvellous Mountaineering Moose, came everywhere with us on this trip, here he is getting a good luck kiss from me at the very start of the walk.
As with most places in the Lakes, you don't actually have to get up very far to get amazing views. This shot was taken from the start of the climb, doesn't the lake look magnificent against the green of the hills?
If, like me, you enjoy a bit of cloud gazing from time to time, there is no better place than the lakes. The scenery is forever changing as the clouds float by. Some of the cloud was pretty low on this day and our destination kept getting covered in fluffy whiteness as we made our way up. Here is Morris, sitting proudly on the summit cairn, looking pleased as punched and unscathed.
Sadly I couldn't say the same for me. Here is a shot of my plaster covered knee. I managed to cup open one knee on the scramble to the top, and then on the way down I managed to fall over and cut the other one, I'm so clumsy when it comes to being in the great outdoors, lol.
Buttermere, is a pretty small lake compared to some of the others in the area, but it looks positively tiny from the top.
Here are my poor feet taking a well earned rest by Innominate Tarn which is near the top of Haystacks. A truly beautiful spot, I can well see why the famous fell walker Alfred Wainwright chose to have is ashes scattered here.
A brilliant days walking, which I'll remember forever.

4 comments:

Melinda Cornish said...

what a pretty day.....the moose rocks and it is so nice to hear from you! I am glad you stopped by my blog!

KimP said...

I've been to Buttermere! But I didn't climb anything - just looked and moved on. Good for you for hiking and climbing, despite your poor knee!

Vi said...

What a lovely place for a hike...I'm clumsy like that too..we went camping for a week and went hiking and I feel over and ended up with a sore knee. Easily done. :-) lol

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of Buttermere looking south. Looks amazing! Glad you had a good time. :)