It would be a shame to reserve this walk for a rainy day. The views are simply superb in all directions. Ideal for a summer evening, or lazy afternoon stroll.
Whilst there is quite a bit of parking available in Buttermere on summer weekends it gets busy early. On the outskirts is the National Trust car park, or in the centre behind the Bridge Hotel is the Lake District National Park car park. Also there are some spaces on the verge above the Newlands Pass road junction.
Note: The bridge over Buttermere Dubs near the start of the walk has been removed. Please follow the signed diversion, which adds approximately 650m (715 yards) to the walk.
If you need accommodation we have details of 14 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
The walk starts beside the Bridge Hotel in the centre of the village. Take the lane on the left hand side as you look at the hotel, bear left into the fenced lane beside the Fish Hotel. This turns left, goes through a gate, bears right through another gate, and ends up at the corner of the National Trust field beside Buttermere (the lake) through yet another gate.
Turn right and follow the path along the field edge to the bridge. Cross and bear left, to another bridge and gate. Go through and bear left to follow the lake shore.
Keep left along the lake shore. At the end of the lake, in just over 2.0km (1.2 miles) turn left through the gate, cross Peggy's Bridge, and into the lane up to Gatesgarth Farm. Keep left through the yard, separated by a fence, up to the road.
At the road turn left, up the slight rise and follow the road as it swings round to the right. There is a path of sorts in the verge on the left once on the corner. Drop down to the lake shore. A narrow and rough path follows the shore line just below the road.
Bear left to follow the path along the top of the shingle bank heading round the promontory and Crag Wood. Cross the bridge, go through the gate and bear left.
This rough path then has a surprise up its sleeve. A narrow pedestrian tunnel has been hewn through the rock for a good few yards. Long enough for it to be quite dark in there!
Approaching the end of the lake, go through the gate and then bear left and go through another gate to continue round the shore line back to the National Trust's field.
Turn right, go through the gate and back into the lane to the village.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Bleaberry Tarn, Red Pike, and Dodd||10m (11 yards) away|
|The Buttermere Edge||10m (11 yards) away|
|A Journey from Buttermere to Keswick||22m (24 yards) away|
|Bleaberry Tarn above Buttermere||22m (24 yards) away|
|Rannerdale Knotts||41m (45 yards) away|
|Grasmoor via Lad Howes ridge||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Knott Rigg and Ard Crags||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Moss Force on Newlands Hause||1.9km (1.2 miles) away|
|Haystacks||2.7km (1.7 miles) away|
|Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike||2.7km (1.7 miles) away|
|Fleetwith Pike via Fleetwith Edge||2.8km (1.7 miles) away|
|The Grasmoor Six Wainwright Fells||4.2km (2.6 miles) away|
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