Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 4th June 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Warm and dry

I’d set the alarm early in the hope of photographing some dawn mist, and drove over to nearby Buttermere. However the conditions weren’t as good as I’d hoped for and after taking a couple of roadside shots I decided to return. Having taken the trouble to get here, it seemed a waste to drive straight back, so I made an impromptu decision to walk around the lake, something I’ve done hundreds of times and could never tire of. This is a popular circuit, and I avoid it at peak times, but at 5 am in the morning I guessed that I’d have the place to myself, and this proved to be the case 

I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Long How and walked through Buttermere village to the foot of the lake. As I’ve always done before, I set off round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction, which seems the natural way to go. The walk to the head of the lake was a joy every step of the way, with some good dawn light showing the landscape at its best

After crossing Peggy’s Bridge and passing by Gatesgarth Farm I started the return leg along the other shore, passing through the short tunnel near Hassness and following the sometimes rocky path back into Buttermere village to complete a wonderful circuit

Previous time here

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