25th December 2011

A very wet and windy Christmas Day walk around Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 11.40
Duration 1 hr 55 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with Jennifer
Buttermere - Wilkinsyke Farm - Pike Rigg - Gatescarth Farm - Peggy's Bridge - Burtness Wood - Buttermere
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

I really didn't expect it, but here's proof that is wasn't a white Christmas in the Lakes this year.
On today's walk we had gale force winds for the whole time and heavy rain for part of it. It wasn't quite the weather we'd hoped for, but we still made the most of it and had a walk around Buttermere which is always a good choice when the fells are out of bounds.

Buttermere and Rannerdale Knotts.

Following the path through Pike Rigg.



Jennifer stands outside the Buttermere tunnel.

Looking out of the other end of the tunnel.


Stormy waters on Buttermere.

The Burttermere Pines.

Gatescarth Farm.

Buttermere (just about) seen from Peggy's Bridge.

Blowing a gale and bucketing down.



The Fish Inn, in Buttermere.

Inside Buttermere church.


On the drive back we couldn't help but notice the stormy water on Crummock and I couldn't resist stopping to take a couple of photos.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks