9th July 2010

A quick walk around Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 14.30 to 16.00
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 4.7 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with On my own
Burermere (village) - Buttermere (lake) - Burtness Wood - Peggy's Bridge - Gatesgarth - road - lakeshore footpath back to the village
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Buttermere Village

There are a few different options for parking in Buttermere. A couple of decent sized car parks the road side leading up past the church onto Newlands pass and the sneaky couple of spaces next to the bridge. Despite these options and the village being so small they all fill up pretty quickly.

For such a small village there are a couple of hotels / pubs, public toilets and a couple of tearooms, one of which sells the best ice cream you could ever hope to find.


Route Map

Despite the now obvious need for water everywhere, you can't deny that the long dry spell has been enjoyable and for me personally, it's meant a lot more longer walks on the fells, instead of often needing to grab a shorter walk around less then decent conditions, which has been the case in the last few years. Anyway, all good things come to an end, and this week marked the return of normal service as far as the weather goes.

I had wanted to get onto some of the higher fells this afternoon, but it was blowing a gale, the cloud was down and the rain was never going to hold off for long. A lower level, short walk I always enjoy is a circuit of Buttermere, so headed across here and left the high fells for another day.

Mellbreak and Hen Comb seen across the fields between the village and the lake.

Down at the lake now and looking across to Fleetwith Pike.


I didn't hang around for long at this end of the lake just in case anymore of these strange water creatures decided to crawl out of the water and onto dry land.


A view across to the High Snockrigg / Robinson side of the lake.



Comb Beck.

Looking along the new (ish) path found at this end of the lake. I really do see the point of having these new paths built up like this and I know they are needed, but why must they always leave a line of destruction down the side of the route.

Crossing over to the other side of the lake along the track to Gatesgarth Farm.

Buttermere seen from Peggy's Bridge.

And Warnscale Bottom / Haystacks, taken from the same place.


The Buttermere Pines.

I can't really moan too much I suppose, I did manage to get this far before the rain finally turned up.

On the opposite side of the lake you can see Comb Beck (pictured earlier).

Ready to walk through the tunnel. Don't forget to duck!

It's black dark inside the tunnel so it's only with the use of flash photography that you get to see what the rock actually looks like.

"you could have taken a torch"
"I said you could have taken a torch"
"yes, OK a torch would have been good"

Sorry about that interruption - It wasn't too bad today, but on occasion you walk through here with the constant dripping of water which always seems to, , , ,

"you could have drawn a picture of it"
"go on then, if you insist, I could have drawn a picture as well"
"why didn't you try chipping a piece off to have a look at when you got outside"
"are you finished or do you have any other suggestions?"
"no that's about it"
"right, fine, , , so apart from flash photography, taking a torch, drawing a picture and chipping a piece off, I think we're all agreed it's too dark inside to see what it looks like"


Oops, just walk away slowly as if nothing has happened.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks