Long How, Crummock Water

Long How

Route: Long How

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 21st January 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.9 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Cloudy with a few sunny patches

We’d visited Crummock Water and Long How Wood yesterday in perfect conditions. During the short stroll we realised that a circular walk could be plotted using the little known paths in the area and linking the foot of Buttermere with the head of Crummock Water

These two lakes were once connected, but after the last ice age the erosion of the fells built up the tract of land that now separates them. This flat land between the two lakes is where Buttermere village now sits

We parked in one of the roadside spaces above St James’s Church Buttermere, although the National Trust car park at Low How would be equally convenient. We walked out of the village through Wilkinsyke Farm, following a path which we’ve walked on numerous occasions as part of the classic Buttermere circuit

On reaching the foot of Buttermere we turned right to walk along the stony beach, heading back into the village. At the Buttermere Court Hotel we joined a path beside Mill Beck which leads to a small hillock named Nether How at the head of Crummock Water. This is a lovely spot and all the better for being unfrequented. We walked along the head of the lake, crossing Mill Beck via a small footbridge, and then turned inland to walk through the woodland at Long How. This brought us to the car park at Long How and from here we walked back through Buttermere village to the start of a short but sweet walk

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Yesterday’s visit to Crummock Water, when the lake was as calm as a millpond


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