Lee Benson takes us up Hayeswater from Hartsop in Patterdale near Ullswater (May 2016). We also did this walk on a sunny day at the beginning of September 2017.
Today we started at Hartsop and headed up to Hayeswater. You will find the car park at the end of the village, there is a donation box in the car park as way of charge. The grid reference is 409131 on OS map OL5.
The first three quaters of a mile of this walk takes you to a pump house for the Hayeswater Hydropower Scheme, on tarmac paths. So technically it would be possible with a pushchair… although it is up hill and there are a quite a few pot holes and bits missing where streams have crossed the path. It would be a chance to get a pushchair into the fells but it would be good work out.
Just before the pump house you pick up a track taking you up to the reservoir. This path follows a stream with some great waterfalls, you also get to cross it on bridges a couple of times.
The walk to the reservoir and back is about three miles, we took about three and a half hours doing it, due to snacks at the lake and a long paddling break due to the hot weather. Steep in places but the whole walk was managed by my three (+10 month) year old and six year old.
After our walk we drove over to the Queen’s Head Hotel near Troutbeck for some delicious Cumbrian pub grub.