Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd October 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Very windy with some sunshine at first, clouding over later on

The circuit of Buttermere appears about 20 times on this site and I can make no apology for another appearance, as this is one of the classic low level walks in the Lake District. It’s a perfect way of spending a spare couple of hours. The beauty and accessibility of the walk is both a virtue and a problem, in that the path can be too busy at peak times and if you prefer to walk in relative solitude as I do, then it’s best to choose a quiet day and time

I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Long How, and walked through Buttermere village, passing the Fish Inn and following the path to the foot of the lake. After crossing the temporary footbridge over Buttermere Dubs I set off along the lakeshore path which leads to the head of Buttermere. My luck was in today, since my arrival at the head of the lake (the most beautiful section of the walk in my opinion) coincided with some good light as patches of sun broke through the clouds 

After crossing Peggy’s Bridge and passing by Gatesgarth Farm I started the return leg along the other shore, and as I did so the clouds rolled in and this turned out to be the last of the good light

I then passed through the short tunnel in the rocks near Hassness and followed the sometimes rocky path back into Buttermere village

Before returning to the car park I made a brief detour to the small church of St James’ to revisit the memorial tablet in honour of Alfred Wainwright, looking towards his favourite fell, Haystacks

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