Buttermere Lake

Ever since tourism took off in the Lake District National Park, Buttermere Lake and the nearby village, have been popular with visitors in the summer months. Despite this, the area still remains one of the quieter areas of the Lake District, which is one of its selling points, along with the unspoilt scenery.

Buttermere Lake is one of the smaller lakes in this area, measuring just 1 ½ miles long, and ¾ miles wide, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with its location. Surrounded by dairy pastures, forests, and low and high fells, it’s an ideal spot to explore. The Lake and surrounding area is managed by the National Trust, who offer boating and fishing permits to visitors. There’s also a walk around the lake, with picnic spots and refreshments available en route, and walks up the well-known fells of Haystacks and Red Pike. This walk is often featured in walking guides, and travel sites. Listed as a walk of 4.5 miles, it should take around 2 hours to complete, but is an easy walk for all to enjoy. Along with outstanding views of the lake, you’ll also walk past fells and farmland, over bridges, and through a low tunnel on the Hassness Estate.  When you finish the walk, you could stop off at Buttermere’s Church. Dating back to 1841, this small church provides an interesting stop off point during your visit to the Buttermere Lake area.

Buttermere Village is located to the north west of the lake, and beyond this is Buttermere Lake’s ‘twin’ called Crummock Water. At 2 ½ miles long it is often overlooked, but the area offers great views of the nearby fells, including Grasmoor. Naturalists will be interested to learn of the various different streams that feed Crummock Water,  one of which stems from a 170 foot waterfall called Scale Force, a 2  ½ mile walk from Buttermere Car Park.  Fans of the film 28 Days Later, may also be interested to take a trip west to the Ennerdale Lake area, which featured in the closing scenes of the movie, and is one of the most remote lakes in Cumbria. There are forest walks around the surrounding area, and a cycle path running from Whitehaven to Rowrah is nearby.

Whether you choose simply to spend some time around Buttermere Lake, or explore the surrounding area as well, there is plenty to offer those who want to escape, and enjoy the more peaceful side of the Lake District. Further information about Buttermere, and the walks available in the area, are available from the National Trust website, local shops in Keswick and Cockermouth, and tourist information centres in the Lake District.

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