Buttermere

Buttermere

North Western Lake District

Route: Buttermere

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 16th September 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy, a few brighter spells later on

A circuit of Buttermere is one of the classic low level walks in lakeland but thanks to its beauty and accessibility it’s a very popular one, and to avoid the crowds it’s best avoided at peak times if – like me – you prefer to walk in relative solitude

With this in mind, I made an 8am start from the National Trust car park just outside Buttermere village and set off in my customary anti-clockwise circuit of the lake. I’ve no idea why I always walk round the lake in this direction, it just seems to be the natural way to go

I walked through Buttermere village, passed by the Fish Inn, and followed the path to the foot of the lake. After crossing the new footbridge over Buttermere Dubs I set off along the lakeshore path which leads to the head of Buttermere. 

After crossing Peggy’s Bridge and passing by Gatesgarth Farm I started the return leg along the other shore. I passed through the short tunnel in the rocks near Hassness and continued beside the lakeshore along a path which is quite rocky at times. This brought me back into Buttermere village to end a walk which I could never tire of

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