26th July 2013

An evening walk around Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 5:05 to 6:50pm
Duration 1 hr 45 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 didn't expect to be walking anywhere today. We were both at work this morning, we both had things to do this afternoon and to be honest I didn't realise it would turn out this nice anyway. Then, just after 4pm we both happened to be at the same place at the same time (in the house) and Jennifer suggested we go for a walk somewhere.

In the centre of Buttermere and although there were still a few people around I suspect it was much busier than this earlier in the day.

A view down to the head of the valley where you can see Fleetwith Pike, Grey Knotts / Brandreth and Haystacks.

Looking up to High Snockrigg.

It's only a short walk from the village to the lake; a walk that thousands of people must do every year. It would make an ideal pick nick area down here so it seems a shame that there aren't any tables or seats to cater for the folk that want to walk no further than this.

Buttermere on it's way to Crummock.

Buttermere outflow.

Reflections in the lake with Whiteless Pike and Grasmoor fells behind.

We chose to walk along the Burtness Wood side of the lake first today. I thought, with the day drawing on, this side of the lake would be in shade later on. As it was such a nice evening, it seemed daft not to try our best to stay in the sunshine.

Blimey, they haven't half opened this place up. A sign further along the path said something about the trees being felled because they've reached maturity and became unstable. The sign explained a bit more but it was very faded and water damaged so I couldn't read most of it. I'm calling it a sign but it was just a piece of paper in a plastic wallet.


Looking towards the end of the lake and Fleetwith Pike.

Jist about to cross Comb Beck.

Heading towards Peggy's Bridge and Gatescarth Farm.

Warnscale Bottom and Haystacks seen from Peggy's Bridge.
I'm not sure where Peggy is, but she'd make a fortune if she charged people to cross her bridge.

The Buttermere Pines and Haystacks.

and again from further along the lake shore.


Looking back along the path.

Outside the tunnel.

Ah, what's that I spy next to the water down there.

"No, it wasn't the west cumbrian nudist club's annual trip to Buttermere. they all had swimming gear on"    


Another view back along the path, this time taken as we walked through / along Pike Rigg.

It looks like we were right to do the walk in the direction we chose. T'other side of'd lake is well in shade now.

"It's my road, and I'm not moving for anyone"
"you'll have to move in a few seconds, there's a car coming"
"listen marra, which part of 'not moving' don't you understand"

Buttermere church roof, , , although I think you've probably guessed that already.
Marra ??? Yes, it's a word I use most days. If you really want to know what it means google it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks