Western Lake District

Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 20th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Low cloud, overcast

It’s been a gloomy spell of weather in the Lake District recently, with low cloud and poor light keeping me off the fells. This doesn’t matter too much when there are places such as Buttermere to visit – the beauty of the surroundings always manages to overcome dull weather

We followed the time honoured routine of parking in the National Trust car park at Long How, walking into Buttermere village and then setting off round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction. We do this in order to keep the best views ahead of us, those of Warnscale Bottom and the Buttermere pines at the head of the lake

Having reached that point we crossed Peggy’s Bridge and set off along the other side of the lake. The return leg involves a short tunnel and anyone over 6 feet tall is advised to duck on the way through, or risk a sore head

The walk was as enjoyable as ever

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