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Pillar and Haystacks from Honister

Pillar and Haystacks from Honister


Postby dav2930 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:57 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Haystacks, Pillar

Hewitts included on this walk: Pillar

Date walked: 11/10/2020

Time taken: 8

Distance: 15.8 km

Ascent: 1480m

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A much-needed, sanity-preserving walk on the fells, where the becks still flow, the grasses still nod in the breeze and everything remains as it always has been. For a few hours in the October sunshine, all talk of infection rates, three-tier restriction measures and mass unemployment is blissfully forgotten. Nothing up there for Boris's tousled image to appear on; just white clouds mirrored in tarns and puddles, and the silently enduring rocks.

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At the Drum Hause, looking to Pillar


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Looking back over Borrowdale


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High Crag and High Stile


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Buttermere and Crummock Water.


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Pillar


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Great Gable


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Wast Water from Beck Head


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Kirk Fell above Beck Head


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Yewbarrow from Black Sail


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The ridge to Pillar from Black Sail


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Wasdale from the ridge to Pillar


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Wasdale with Scafell on the left


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Gable and the Scafells from east ridge of Pillar


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Wasdale and Burnmoor Tarn


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The Scafells from summit of Pillar


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Pillar summit


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Scoat Fell & Steeple, Isle of Man on horizon.


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Ennerdale Water


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High Stile, Grasmoor, Skiddaw


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Robinson, Hindscarth, Skiddaw, Blencathra


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Ennerdale and the Solway


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Descending to Pillar Rock


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South side of Pillar Rock


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Top part of High Level Traverse, looking back up


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East face of Pillar Rock - Shamrock & Low Man


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Shamrock, Walker's Gully & Low Man


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Pillar Rock


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Head of Ennerdale


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Scarth Gap


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Path up Haystacks


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Enjoying the view over Buttermere


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copter


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Summit of Haystacks


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Great Gable from Haystacks


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Innominate Tarn


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Buttermere



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dav2930
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Location: Cumbria

Re: Pillar and Haystacks from Honister

Postby rockhopper » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:47 am

Lovely day for it - nice autumnal colours in the first photo. That did look a good way to get back to some sort of "normality" even for only a few hours - cheers :)
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Re: Pillar and Haystacks from Honister

Postby past my sell by date » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:16 pm

Nice pics of arguably the best walk in the Lakes. Remember doing it in winter - about 12 hours (8 in crampons - But from Black Sail we went via Robinson's cairn, Shamrock traverse up to Pillar - sort of reverse of your route - then down to Black Sail YH, up Loft gill and back. Path down from drumhouse a mass of water ice - and we had one small torch berween us :( :( :lol: :lol:
Also my goggles fell off on the traverse and clattered down the Shamrock. Norman's ribbed me for ages that he's seen a sheep wearing them :lol: :lol:
In Summer the evening sun lights up Boat How - brilliant
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Re: Pillar and Haystacks from Honister

Postby dav2930 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:02 pm

rockhopper wrote:Lovely day for it - nice autumnal colours in the first photo. That did look a good way to get back to some sort of "normality" even for only a few hours - cheers :)

Thanks RH. I really didn't want to go back home that day! I've been pining for Scotland too - haven't been to the Highlands since February. :(

past my sell by date wrote:Nice pics of arguably the best walk in the Lakes. Remember doing it in winter - about 12 hours (8 in crampons - But from Black Sail we went via Robinson's cairn, Shamrock traverse up to Pillar - sort of reverse of your route - then down to Black Sail YH, up Loft gill and back. Path down from drumhouse a mass of water ice - and we had one small torch berween us :( :( :lol: :lol:
Also my goggles fell off on the traverse and clattered down the Shamrock. Norman's ribbed me for ages that he's seen a sheep wearing them :lol: :lol:
In Summer the evening sun lights up Boat How - brilliant

Thanks Tony. I agree that whole area around the head of Ennerdale and especially the high level traverse to Pillar Rock is about as good as gets in the Lakes. Sounds quite an epic you had in winter! Hope those goggles weren't expensive - or if they were that the sheep appreciated them! :lol:
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