22nd December 2013

A circuit of Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 11:30am to 12:55pm
Duration 1 hr 25 min
Distance 4.6 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with Jennifer
Butermere (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

No wonder there's so much water about after the rain it put down yesterday tea time. We were doing a short 7 mile drive home when the weather turned absolutely crazy. Black dark, thunder, lightning, gale force winds and torrential rain which lead to flash floods. Not very nice conditions to drive in I can tell you and I was more than pleased to pull up outside the house. And talking about outside the house. We live near the bottom of a very steep and very long hill. The water was well over ankle deep and was flowing down the whole width of the road and onto the pavement.

The cafe was open for business but I doubt it was doing much trade today. We passed one large family group and a couple of of other people and that was it; very unusual for a walk around Buttermere.

Crossing the bridge over Buttermere's outflow.

and on t'other side of the bridge you see just how full it is.


Burtness Wood.

Looking across to High Snockrigg and Robinson.

Looking back along the path through Burtness Wood.

A view down to the Gatesgarth end of the lake is dominated by Fleetwith Pike.

Looking back the way we'd came and Mellbreak fills the centre of the view.


Comb Beck

Nearing the end of the lake we could see a dusting of snow on Hindscarth / Dale Head. With one thing and another it's been ages since I was on top of any higher fells and now when I'm off work for two weeks the wind wants to keep me lower down for a bit longer.

Buttermere seen from Peggy's Bridge.

Warnscale Bottom and Haystacks; also seen from Peggy's Bridge.

for a minute I thought I had red dots on my glasses till one of them went Baaaa !


The water lets you see just how windy it was across here today.

Following the shoreline path with High Stile and Red Pike on the opposite side of the lake.

A view down the lake to Mellbreak and Hen Comb.

Into the tunnel we go

, , , through the tunnel
, , , and out the other side


Buttermere with Mellbreak over there on the left and the side of Rannerdale Knotts on the right of the picture.

Almost back and thankfully we managed a full walk without any rain falling.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks