North Western Lake District

Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 13th May 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.5 miles

Weather: almost perfect

It wasn’t until late afternoon that I was able to get out for a walk and I couldn’t think of anywhere better than Buttermere on a day like this. It’s a deservedly popular walk but at this time of day most people would have been and gone, and this proved to be the case as I only saw a few folk on the way round the lake

I parked in the National Trust car park (free to members) just outside the village and walked to the foot of the lake. The light was exceptionally clear and the view of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks was breathtaking. I carried on round the lake in an anti-clockwise direction (for some reason I’ve never walked it the other way round, it just seems natural to go this way)

Progress was slow as I kept stopping to take photos and gawp at the stunning surroundings

All too soon I was back in Buttermere village, but before going back to the car I looked into St James Church to pay my respects to the great Alfred Wainwright whose memorial is there, looking towards his favourite fell – Haystacks

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