Route: Buttermere circuit

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 21st November 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.7 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Weak sunshine, very windy

Gale force winds had been rattling the bedroom windows all night long, and hadn’t abated by morning. According to the Mountain Weather Information Service walking conditions on the felltops would be ‘arduous’ with significant wind chill. This caused us to revise our plans and walk round Buttermere instead, as it’s been a while since we were last here

We parked in the National Trust car park at Long How, but instead of heading through Buttermere village as usual, we went in the opposite direction and passed through a gate in the car park which leads into Long How Wood. A lovely path through the wood brought us to Mill Beck, which we crossed, and then followed a path to Nether How at the head of Crummock Water. We walked around Nether How and beside Mill Beck into Buttermere village

From here we set out on the classic circuit of Buttermere, passing the Fish Inn and following the path towards the foot of the lake. The bridge over Buttermere Dubs was washed away a while ago but has recently been replaced, so we crossed it and followed the shoreline path to the head of the lake. The views towards Fleetwith Pike and Warnscale Bottom were as good as ever

After crossing Peggy’s Bridge at the head of the lake, and passing by Gatesgarth Farm, we started the return leg along the other shore. We followed the sometimes rocky path back into Buttermere village, passing through the short tunnel in the rocks near Hassness along the way to end a wonderful walk

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