Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 17th December 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 400 feet

Weather: Sunny

After several dull and overcast days, and an indifferent weather forecast for today, it was a pleasant surprise to see sunshine and blue skies. Without ado we drove over to Buttermere, a place which we could never tire of

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. We made an early start and thanks to this, and the time of year, we only passed by a few other walkers during the course of two hours

We parked in our usual spot, the National Trust car park at Long How. We 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 we set off along the lakeshore path which leads to the head of Buttermere. Shafts of low sunbeams illuminated the surroundings and made this a heavenly part of the walk

After crossing Peggy’s Bridge and passing by Gatesgarth Farm we started the return leg along the other shore,  passing through the rock tunnel near Hassness along the way. We continued along the shoreline path and, where it forks off to the foot of the lake, we carried on ahead. This brought us back into Buttermere village to end one of the best low level walks in the Lake District

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