Derwent Water

Derwent Water to Buttermere

Route: Derwent Water to Buttermere

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 12th July 2017

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.9 miles

Ascent: 3,400 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Looking at the OS map for a new route, it occurred to me that a journey from Derwent Water to Buttermere would be a very satisfying walk, linking two of Lakeland’s most beautiful lakes via a high level traverse. I’ve not heard of this walk being done before, although no doubt it has. The route which I plotted involves climbing six Wainwright fells: (in order of appearance) Causey Pike, Sail Fell, Scar Crags, Eel Crag, Wandope and Whiteless Pike. I’ve been up these fells several times before but never in this combination

As this is a linear walk, thought has to be given as to transportation and in my case Gilly’s taxis offered a solution. We drove together to Hawse End and walked down to the shore of Derwent Water. After dipping my boots in the lake I said goodbye to Gilly and set out on the walk to Buttermere. The first section of the walk crossed Newlands valley and was a joy every step of the way, although there was a potential snag when I arrived at Newlands Beck. The bridge over the beck had been washed away in the 2015 floods and, unbeknown to me, not yet replaced. Fortunately there were some rocks nearby which provided a crossing, though it was a precarious one and I’d recommend anyone following this route to proceed to the foot of Causey Pike via Stair, rather than risking a dunking in the beck

Having crossed the beck, the collar work soon began as I commenced the climb up Rowling End, followed by the mild scramble to the top of Causey Pike – hands are needed on the final section but there are no difficulties. There then followed several downs and ups as I ticked off the next five fells along the route. At last I arrived at the last one, Whiteless Pike, and from there descended into Buttermere village where I was re-united with Gilly. We walked together to the shore of Buttermere and I dipped my toes in the water at the edge to complete a wonderful walk from lake to lake

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