A walk round Buttermere

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

Buttermere is an iconic lake, popular but not overly so. On the many times I have walked round Buttermere (either as sole walk tor to climb Haystacks) there has always been other walkers 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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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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