Buttermere to Keswick via Newlands

  • Bus from Keswick to Buttermere
  • Explore lovely Newlands valley
  • Take in the smaller fell of Ard Crags

Walking between the valleys of the Lake District can be hard work, the passes are high and, if you take to the fells themselves, very high. However it is also immensely satisfying. The bus drops you off in the small hamlet of Buttermere and a sheer wall of steep mountains appear to block your return. However there is a lovely path up the side of Sail Beck which cuts through the steepest of the hills. Once at the watershed it is little effort to ‘collect’ Ard Crags and then drop in to the lovely Newlands valley.

After Ard Crags cross the road and follow a small lane to the pretty settlement of Littletown, visiting the nearby church enroute. From here the path skirts Catbells (feel free to climb it) before joining the Cumbria Way long distance path. The high fells dominate the views and offer an imposing but beautiful backdrop to a special Lakeland walk.

Recommend: The short climb on to the path at Ard Crags is worth it, it is a lovely graceful peak with superb views as you descend

Transport:  Honister Rambler bus service. The 77 leaves for Buttermere at 10.20 and 12.05 and takes 40 minutes. There is an earlier bus (77a)  that takes 50 minutes and leaves Keswick at  9.20.

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Start Point: Cross the river on the road from where the bus stops and take the path about 30 metres further on that heads right. Keep to the lower path where it divides so you remain close to the river.
Height to Climb: 463 ms (1418 feet) including Ard Crags
Terrain: The paths are all good and there is some road walking in Newlands.
Eating & Drinking: The Swinside Inn is nearly enroute and a fineLake District pub but really there is nothing else. A coffeee in Buttermere will set you off though.
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  1. Jonathan says:

    It took me 3 and a half hours but it may take longer depending on how quickly your party walks (or its slowest member!)

  2. Jane says:

    Hi there, how long did this walk take please 🙂

  3. Jonathan says:

    Thanks Mike, a nice summary

  4. Mountain Mike says:

    Today a nice scramble on Fleethwith Pike SOLO,conditions weather wise are great its a cold day and wet underfoot but for the time of year superb,pity Gav couldn’t make it!!!.Quick start,on my way to this pristine summit,superb views and some great photographs taken,I kick on with some nice little scarmbles my go pro switched on hopefully at the right time.I get to the summit and the weather changes wind chill now around 6 and a very strong wind,quick stiop for an addition of clothing and I’m off to Dubs Quarry to check on the Bothie,its cold on here time to drop down from the top.I arrive at The Dubs Quarry Bothie and I’m out of the wind,alls well in here a nice drink and I’m on my way back to Gatesgarth Farm Car Park,another great day on the fells Mountain Mike

  5. Jonathan says:

    Glad you enjoyed the walk, Newlands is great. No problem referring and linking from your blog page.

  6. popo says:


    I did this liner hike while we were in Lake district.
    One of the best hikes we ever did. Thank you for posting.
    We thought that this route covers all the great scenery of Lake district.
    We did climb Ard Crags and Catbell, both are fantastic.

    Is it ok if I refer this page on my blog?

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