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" Jack's Haystacks from Honister "

Date & start time:    Tuesday 10th July, 2018. 10 am start.

Location of Start :   Honister hause car park, Honister, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 225 135 )

Places visited :         Drum House, Dubs, Black Beck, Haystacks, Hanging boulder, Moses Trod.

Walk details :             5.5 miles, 1500 feet of ascent, 3 hours 30 mins.

Highest point :          (Surprisingly) Moses Trod under Grey Knotts, 1975 ft - 607m

Walked with :             Cathy, Jack and Catherine and the dogs Boris, Bilbo and Dylan.

Weather :                    Overcast but warm ... good for walking.

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We have family staying and as the weather was suitable, Jack our grandson and Catherine wanted to venture onto the higher fells.

Cathy our daughter was not being left behind on this classic Lakeland walk . . . and neither were the dogs.

While Ann and I had commitments in town, they don their walking boots and head up to Honister.

Setting the scene, looking back down to Honister Hause, the Mine buildings and the car parks.

All pictures today were taken by Jack, Catherine or Cathy.

Climbing the Dram Road, the old mine railway over the top . . .
and in a straight line down the other side . . .

. . . to the Dubs Quarry complex on the back of Fleetwith Pike.

The building has now been adopted as a Mountain Bothy but was once part of the Dubs mine and quarry infrastructure.

The tip below the Dubs Hut has been partially recycled in recent years

to provide road stone and garden slate chippings.

Looking over Dubs Beck to the rock outcrops of Little and Great Round How.

Crossing the beck today was easy as the water levels are so low.

Dylan, Boris and Bilbo . . . pause for a moment on the climb up the other side.

Jack takes the scenic route up Little Round How, closely followed by the dogs.

Dylan takes the easier route to the left . . .

. . . as the other two dogs opt for a more direct approach.

The view from the path close to Green Crag.

Below the twin lakes of Buttermere and Crummock line up with the Loweswater valley and Scotland beyond in the haze.

Looking the other way, down to Black Beck Tarn . . . and up to Great Gable.

Jack takes the dogs across to the water's edge so they can have a swim.

The extra ripples making no difference to the virtually dry beck exiting this lovely mountain tarn.

That view again . . . with Buttermere and Crummock in the distance.

Behind them now, they pass Innominate Tarn on their way to the summit of Haystacks.

A pause before the last steep climb.

Below in Ennerdale Valley is the famous Black Sail Youth Hostel.

Catherine's photo of Cathy and Jack from virtually the same place.

Time to relax amongst the summit rocks and enjoy a snack and then the views.

Green and Great Gable with Kirk Fell to the right and Great End and the Scafells through the gap.

Looking down Ennerdale this time, over the lake and west towards the sea.

Time for a summit portrait photo.

Pillar and Pillar Rock can be seen over their right shoulder.

A fellow walker offers a bonus full group picture.

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Time to be heading back  . . . in a round about sort of way . . . doubling back behind Innominate Tarn to Moses Trod.

Chance to do a little bouldering on the way across the top of Haystacks.

Sorted that one !

Bilbo tries this rock climbing lark . . .
. . . taking time out for a breather part way down.

Cathy sits on one of her favourite rocks . . . the Hanging Boulder above Black Beck Tarn.

Jack gives the dogs a hand up onto the rock . . .

. . . while Catherine holds back to catch a wider panorama of the mountain view.

The rock conquered, it can be seen off to the left,

as they make their way round to the top of Loft Beck to join the Moses Trod path back towards Honister.

Jumping forward in time . . . we're back to the old mine track down to Honister Hause.

Just a short distance down now to a very welcome cup of coffee at the Mine Café

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Technical note: Pictures courtesy of Jack and Catherine, generally taken on their Nikon D3400 camera or phone.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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