If you’re planning on visiting the Lake District, and you’re looking to explore somewhere that’s remote, less developed, and yet still tourist friendly, then Buttermere could be the ideal place to visit. The small village has connections with a famous walker and guidebook author, a link to a scandal involving a bigamist, and maintains its traditional character, thanks in part to the National Trust, who own and preserve several lakes, and land/buildings in the village and surrounding area.
Buttermere village is most popular in the summer, when it is a base for walkers exploring the fells, and the campsites, several hotels, and farmhouses cater well to their accommodation needs. Click through to the Buttermere page, and you’ll find out more about several points of interest in the village, and all the other attractions that are within reach of this hamlet.
The landscape here is a mixture of lakes and streams, low and high fells, woodland and dairy pasture, all of which provides varied options for walkers and scramblers alike. There are easy going walks around Buttermere Lake and the surrounding farmland, and the fells offer anything from steep challenging ascents, to easy going ridge and marsh areas. Guidebooks and online websites suggest different routes up the key fells in the Buttermere area, or longer walks combining several different areas. A 170ft waterfall, disused mines, a slate mine, and mountain pools called tarns are all regular sites for fell walkers in this area, while if you venture further afield you’ll discover scenery that inspired filmmakers and authors.
The North West area of the Lake District is one of the more remote areas of the National Park, and with Natural England and National Park Authority actively working to preserve the landscape and develop new habitats, there is a good balance between nature and tourism here.
Buttermere could be the base for a weekend break, longer holiday, or walking expeditions, or you could visit on a day trip and base yourself closer to the facilities, entertainment, and attractions the larger towns in the National Park offer. Whichever option you choose, the area that’s been the subject of books such as ‘The Maid Of Buttermere’, ‘Shield Ring’, and ‘The Secret Valley’, certainly has more to offer fell walkers and visitors than maybe you’d first expect. If you’re ready for the challenge of conquering Red Pike or Robinson Fell, then click through the site to find out more.