Buttermere

Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 17th January 2018

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Cloudy, very cold and windy, snow on fells

Overnight snow made road conditions difficult and in addition the Whinlatter Pass was closed today – not on account of the snow, but because badgers had undermined it. I therefore decided on a local walk, and Buttermere would fit the bill perfectly. This walk can be too popular at times but today the crowds would be deterred by the conditions, and this proved to be the case as I parked in an almost empty car park at Long How, just outside Buttermere village

Instead of walking into the village as usual I headed the other way, into Long How woods, and followed the path to the head of Crummock Water. I then walked along the lakeshore, crossing the footbridge over Mill Beck, and from there around Nether How into Buttermere village crossing some very soggy terrain on the way. On reaching the village I set off round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction as usual – it just seems to be the natural way to go

I emerged from Burtness Wood near the head of Buttermere, where the surrounding snow clad fells were looking very dramatic. I crossed Peggy’s Bridge and walked along the head of Buttermere, joining the road at Gatesgarth Farm. The Honister Pass was closed today and so I had the short roadside section before Hassness all to myself. I followed the rocky path along the lakeshore and through the tunnel back into Buttermere village to complete a circuit that never fails to please

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