When debris was washed down from some Lakeland Hills, a pre-glacial lake broke in two to form Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water. In between these two lakes is the remote, yet charming Buttermere village. Although it may be small, the history books do report a scandal in Buttermere, when Mary Robinson, daughter of the Fish Hotel’s landlord, married an imposter and bigamist posing as Colonel Alexander Hope. The story thrust the so-called ‘Maid of Buttermere’ into the limelight, and has since been featured in several novels.
The Buttermere of today, is an ideal base for fell walkers wanting to explore the high and low fells, that surround the village and valley in which it sits. As such, the main facilities in the village are accommodation providers. Several options are available, including The Fish Inn, which is a 5 minute walk from the centre of the village, located at the foot of the Honister Pass. The family run Bridge Hotel and restaurant also welcomes visitors, offering rooms and apartments to guests. Within 6 miles of the village, you’ll also find a choice of country house hotels, campsites, and holiday cottages, while there is also a youth hostel at the top of Honister Pass.
The summit of Honister Pass is also the location for Honister Slate Mine, which is open to the public, and has become something of a tourist attraction. There is a visitor centre on-site, and guided tours available. You can also buy small items made from the mined slate in the gift shop. Another point of interest is St Jame’s Church, which has gained in popularity, thanks to its small memorial to famous guidebook author, and Lake District walker, Alfred Wainwright.
The two market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth are within easy reach of Buttermere, and offer a variety of shops, restaurants, and amenities to visitors. There are also some interesting attractions in the area, such as Keswick Pencil Museum, the National Trust owned birthplace of William Wordsworth in Cockermouth, and Jennings Brewery also in the town. The Lake District also has strong links with Children’s author Beatrix Potter, and you can find out more at ‘The World Of Beatrix Potter Museum’ in Bowness-On-Windermere.
Although there is plenty of interest in this area of the Lake District, the natural attractions surrounding Buttermere are hard to resist. The local fells page covers some of the main fells, and the types of walks available on each.