Western Lake District

Route: Circuit of Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 21st April 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Sun and blue skies

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve walked round Buttermere, it’s a low level walk that I could never tire of and is full of beauty every step of the way. The accessibility of the walk, along with the glorious scenery, can make it too busy at times and walkers who prefer a bit of solitude need to plan the timing of their outing carefully

I wasn’t able to set out until late in the day and I hoped that by then most folk would have come and gone. Once past the village this proved to be the case and I only saw a handful of people along the way

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

The scenery was as stunning as ever, especially in the late afternoon sunlight and it was t-shirt weather for the whole walk for the first time this year. This was thirsty work, so when I arrived back in Buttermere I popped in to the excellent Walkers Bar at the Bridge Hotel for ‘refreshments’ – and very refreshing it was too

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