Head of Buttermere from Hassness


Route: Buttermere from Hassness

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 7th May 2023

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 0.5 miles

Ascent: negligible

Weather: dawn mist and blue skies

Following my recent knee operation I’m still unable to undertake long walks, but short ones are no problem. Today’s walk was so short that it hardly merits being described as such, but the scenery and conditions were so good that it’s worth sharing a few photos

I’ve visited Buttermere on countless occasions and was last here in January. On that occasion the fells were covered in a dusting of snow, today it was a low lying layer of mist which provided the magic ingredient. Just beyond Hassness Country House on the west side of Buttermere there’s a small layby with room for about three cars. This provides easy access to the lakeshore, but you need to arrive early or out of season to bag a place. It was dawn, around 6am, when I arrived and so I had the place to myself

I followed the signed path through Hassness Crag Wood and crossed the footbridge over Hassnesshow Beck. A couple of minutes later I arrived at the stony beach at Hassness. This is a wonderful vantage point as it juts out into Buttermere, affording views to both the foot and the head of the lake. The mist was moving constantly as I walked along the beach towards the head of the lake, enjoying views of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks as well as the iconic white hut bothy known as Char Cottage. It was a wonderful scene

All too soon it was time to retrace my steps back to the start

I haven’t provided the usual route map as the walk is so short and simple that navigation is not an issue. The Maps Page does however link to a Google Map showing the start 

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