Crummock Water

Crummock Water

Route: Circuit of Crummock Water

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 15th September 2020

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 8.4 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Grey at first, sunny later, very warm

It’s been a couple of years since I last walked around Crummock Water and a return visit was overdue. It’s a longer circuit than that of neighbouring Buttermere, but it’s much quieter and a good choice in the holiday season

I parked as usual in the National Trust car park at Scale Hill and followed the wide track through Lanthwaite Wood to the foot of the lake. There were only one or two other people about, as I’d made an early start. I set off in an anti-clockwise direction as the views down the lake are more extensive in that direction

After reaching the foot of the lake I followed the easy lakeshore path which turns towards Mellbreak and then follows its eastern foot. This section is normally very boggy, and today was no exception. When I reached Scale Bridge I crossed over the beck and followed the path into Buttermere village. Beyond the village there’s a short road section and to minimise contact with tarmac I took the path over Hause Point below Rannerdale Knotts. This brought me down to the Buttermere road again. I could have avoided the road again by diverting into Rannerdale and taking the path to Cinderdale Common, but decided instead to carry on along the road

At Cinderdale Common I turned off the road to join a path leading down to the eastern shore of Crummock Water which I followed back to the foot of the lake, and from here I retraced my steps along the track back to the start

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