Western Lake District

Route: Buttermere

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 6th January 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.6 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: sunny

We parked in the National Trust car park at Long How. Instead of walking straight into Buttermere vilage as normal, we made a brief diversion through the woods at Long How, almost as far as the head of Crummock Water, before turning back to cross the land between the two lakes. This area had been underwater last month following the recent floods. There was plenty of debris around and the ground was still sodden but perfectly walkable

After arriving in Buttermere village we started out on the circuit of the lake in an anti-clockwise direction – for some reason we always do the walk this way round. When we reached the lakeshore the water was completely still and the surrounding mountains were shown as if in a mirror, a wonderful sight

The weather improved as we went along and by the time we reached the head of the lake there was sunshine and blue skies, most welcome after weeks of torrential rain and some of the worst flooding since records began

We’ve done this walk numerous times and always enjoy it. Today was no exception – a wonderful couple of hours well spent

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