5th December 2009

You never know who you'll bump into on the way to Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 11.20
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.7 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
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

It was bucketing down when I looked out of the window this morning so there was only one thing to do, , , go back to bed, and once you've done that, the motivation to get up a decent time just isn't there. When I did eventually get up, I decided that I'd head out for a walk around Buttermere; rain or not. What I didn't expect, was to be driving through Lorton Vale and see Andrew Leaney driving in the opposite direction. After a quick roadside discussion we both ended up at Buttermere where we did a wet, but enjoyable circuit of the lake.

Looking down Buttermere to Fleetwith Pike.

Buttermere's outflow.


Hardly surprising I suppose, but Sour Milk Gill was roaring down here today.

Burtness Wood.




Comb Beck.

The route around Buttermere takes you past the end of the lake, across Peggy's Bridge and over to Gatesgarth Farm, where you then join the road, turn left, and follow it back to the lake.

Looking back to Peggy's Bridge.

This picture was taken at the point where we left the road and started to follow the path (behind me) along this side of the lake.

The familiar landmark of the Buttermere pines seen in front of Haystacks.

Looking across to the Burtness Wood side of the lake. Just look at the amount of water coming down Comb Beck.


Walking through the woods to reach 'the tunnel'.

"Beware, tunnel roof is low at points" --- and they're not kidding.

And from the inside looking out.

I'd love to have a go in one of these, preferably with some water under it, but I'm sure you'd already guessed that.

Fleetwith Pike, just before it disappeared behind yet another band of rain.

It makes you wonder how it managed to take hold in the first place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks