Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 10th October 2021

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some patches of sun and good light

It’s been almost a year since I last walked around Buttermere, and a return was long overdue

This circuit appears over 20 times on this site and is one of the classic low level walks in the Lake District. 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, then it’s best to choose a quiet day and time. I made an early start and thanks to this only passed by a few other walkers during the course of two hours

I parked in my usual spot, the National Trust car park at Long How. I walked through Buttermere village and followed the path to the foot of the lake. I always walk around Buttermere in an anti-clockwise direction in order to keep the best views ahead. After crossing the footbridge over Buttermere Dubs I set off along the lakeshore path which leads to the head of Buttermere. Although there was a lot of cloud around, especially over the higher fells at the head of the lake, there were some moments of wonderful light, showing the scenery 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 rock tunnel near Hassness along the way. I continued along the shoreline path, and where it forks off to the foot of the lake I carried on ahead. This brought me back into Buttermere village to end a walk which I could never tire of

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