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.
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We had a late afternoon start for our short walk around Buttermere today. There was quite a lot of traffic on the drive through so rather than try to park in the centre of the village, I grabbed the last free (no charge) space in the roadside opposite the pay and display car park.
Looking up to Buttermere church.
In case you don't know, Buttermere church is found a short way up a steep hill so no, I didn't need to take this picture laying on the ground.
Marmalade ice cream. Very nice and not as strange as it sounds.
"You said you didn't want one"
"That was before I know how nice they were"
Walking through Wilkinsyke Farm and a view up to a dark looking Whiteless Pike.
Sunshine on High Snockrigg.
Walking through the Pike Side woods.
Looking across to High Stile.
The path on this side of the lake goes through this short tunnel. Not something you encounter very often on Lake District walks. Sometimes being less than 6 feet tall has it's advantages.
After walking through the tunnel we continued along the narrow wooded path until we came to, , ,
, , , the bridge over Hassnesshow Beck where the view across the lake opens up a little more.
Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks seen across Buttermere.
I wonder if the realise. . . . . .
We're almost at Peggy's Bridge now and what is near enough to the halfway point of the walk.
Warnscale Bottom and Haystacks.
On the opposite side of the lake is Robinson, High Snockrigg and Dalegarth in among the trees.
Not quite almost back, but that's the village over there in front of Rannerdale Knotts, Whiteless Pike and larker looking Grasmoor fells behind.