This Buttermere-based 'round the lake' walk comes in two versions, one at lake-side level, the other around 2,000 feet above, via the Haystacks summit 'viewing platform', reached ‘for convenience’ from Honister Pass.
While it is true that the former route was the original idea on this occasion, when my companion Jim Mercer was also apprised of the latter, a democratic decision was made to choose it instead [Ed. - this section confirmed 100% correct!]. However, the motivation to his agreeing appears to have been because he saw it as providing maximum opportunity for subsequently applying 'stick' to yours truly, a matter pursued vigorously from the outset!
Fortunately, the day was nevertheless eventually saved by an encounter with 'the three Jays' (see relevant photo), one of whom declared that 'It was too good a day not to be on the tops!'. This to my mind said it all, as the other photos hopefully show, and further 'maithering' was a good deal less noticeable thereafter!
Indeed, there can be fewer finer stretches in all of Lakeland than from the top of Warnscale Beck to Haystacks summit and back, especially in such conditions, given the views down Buttermere and Crummock Water vales and their attendant fells, as well as, later on, of Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar, the latter including magnificent, intimidating Pillar Rock. I rest my case...!!
The outing ended with welcome refreshment at the Langstroth Country Inn in nearby Stonethwaite, the last in a day of many highlights (or, from Jim's POV, the main one!), and which also included, despite customary carping, excellent companionship (and not only in the form of Sooty!)!
Highest point - Haystacks: 1900 ft./579 m. Distance: 4.5 miles/ 7.25 km. Ascent: 1050 ft./ 320 m.
For further details of this walk, see the following:
Richards, M. (2011) Lakeland Fellranger series - The Western Fells. Cicerone. Haystacks Section.
Wainwright, A. (1966) A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 7: The Western Fells. Westmorland Gazette. Section on Haystacks.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL4 (1: 25 000) The Lake District: NW Area [or equivalent].

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