10th September 2011

Bucketing down around Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 12.05 to 13.20
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent NA
Walking with On my own
Hassness - Buttermere shoreline - Pike Rigg - Burtness Wood - Peggy's Bridge - Gatescarth Farm - Road back to Hassness
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside Parking, Hassness, Buttermere

At a push there is only room for about three cars here, and to be honest, the only reason to park here would be as a convenient starting point for the route up to Robinson.


Route Map

The prospect of a whole weekend stuck in the house didn't appeal, so, given that today's forecast was the better of the two, I headed out for a short walk around Buttermere. If today is going to be the best day I dread to think what tomorrow would be like. The weatherman told us last night that the edge of some hurricane or another was going to pass over the UK and we were in for some potentially damaging winds and torrential rain. Well, if we are, lets hope the hurricane turns out to be the end of this prolonged unsettled spell we've had, and after it's gone I hope we're left with some decent weather for a while.
I suppose being so reliant upon the weather is to be expected by having a hobby like this.

From the car I followed this path down to the lake. A quick and easy way, but not one I've used vary often.

Absolutely shucking it down !!!

Heading into the tunnel.

Before I went into the tunnel I took this picture looking back along the lakeside path.


I was going to walk into the village and then back around to the lake, but the weather really was appalling so I even ended up cutting a short walk short.


A view down towards the Fleetwith Pike end of the lake.

Buttermere's outflow.


The resent rains have filled the lakes, the rivers and all the streams. This is Comb Gill.

It wasn't half windy along here. Definitely not a day for the fell tops, although I suspect lots of people would still be up there.

Looking along the length of Buttermere from Peggy's Bridge. I wonder who Peggy was.

If I was given the choice of which ten minutes of a walk I'd like to be dry, then I have to choose the final ten. And the reason; because there's nowt worse than getting back to the car dripping wet while it's blowing a gale and emptying down. However quick you try to be you always end up wetting your dry clothes while you're hopping about trying to take off your waterproofs.

the Buttermere pines, seen below Haystacks.

High Crag and High Stile.
Thankfully I got my ten dry minutes today and removing the waterproofs and getting into the car was easy and relaxed affair.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks