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Haystacks was the favourite fell of the great Alfred Wainwright, whose pictoral guides to The Lake District are the stuff of legend. Not only are the guides beautifully and philosophically written, Wainwright's detailed and unique perspective drawings of the fells opened the national park up to millions of visitors. To Wainwright, Haystacks was a special fell: it was the scene of his final hike at the age of eighty and, following his death in 1991, below the summit at Innominate Tarn is the location where his ashes were scattered. Nestled at the end of the Buttermere valley, Haystack's summit is indeed a special place. Streams, crags, tarns all vye for attention, whilst surrounded by the great peaks of Pillar, Great Gable and the High Stile range. On Wednesday 24th August 2016, we completed a horseshoe of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks.


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