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A walk round Buttermere

  • Peaceful walk round a lake
  • In the heart of dramatic scenery
  • Pretty hamlet of Buttermere


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Buttermere is an iconic lake, popular but not overly so. On the many times I have walked round Buttermere there has always been other walkers, often quite a few but they somehow do not detract from the peace and tranquillity of the valley. Buttermere is a beautiful lake and along with Ullswater create my two favourite valleys in the Lake District. This is particularly so during the autumn months when the colours are exceptional. The blue of the deep, clear lake contrasts superbly with the green grass and grey mountains at any time of the year.

However in Autumn the bracken turns a rich orange colour and the effect is spectacular (just look at the photos and imagine what a decent photographer would do). The walking itself is very easy with the path on the far side of the lake perfect for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Both sides wind in and out of attractive woodland whilst on the road side of the lake there is only a few hundred yards of road, the rest is easily avoided. .

Recommend: Discover this walk on a sunny, autumn day and experience the Lake District at its best. The colours are extraordinary.

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Buttermere Round map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 175170. Buttermere. There is a pay and display parking in the village which fills quickly but there is plenty of parking on the Newlands road as well. Walk past the Fish Inn to start.
Height to Climb: 15 ms (49 feet)
Terrain: There is a very small section of road walking after Gatesgarth, the rest is very good, easy to follow paths.
Eating & Drinking: There are 2 very good pubs in Buttermere, the Bridge Hotel and the Fish Inn. There are also 2 tea shops
Similar Walks Nearby: Lands around Loweswater
Fleetwith Pike
Mellbreak & Crummock Water
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  1. Mountain Mike says:

    Today due to the road being closed down to Gatesgarth Farm Car Park I leave my car in the small car park a mile short of the Slate Mine and decide to get to the top of Fleetwick Pike from Honister Mine.
    Weather is cold snow is six inches deep,as I make my way up the track I meet Chris from Essex a hand shake and quick introductions and we are off to the top.
    Good visibility at first,so some nice photographs as we get further to the top the weather starts to change,we speak to some walkers who are doing their Mountain Leaders Course I ask them where they are going and the course leader tells me …they do not know oops foot in mouth again lol,Chris and I take some more photographs then move on.
    Visbilty is getting worse as we met up with a guy who has come up the front of The Pike and asks for directions to Haystacks,advice given and we are on our way to the top,as we get there a white out begins its time to make a hasty retreat back to the Mine Café to warm up,a good mornings walk and a new friend made.

  2. Ruth Hambrey says:

    Did the stunning round the lake walk yesterday, a glorious day. However I sadly can’t do the high tops indicated on your map at the mo’ due to back issues.

  3. Catherine Alexander says:

    What is the distance?

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