2nd March 2014

Failing to beat the rain around Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 08:40 to 10:30am
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent Hardly any
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



Walking around the lake in a clockwise direction we passed through Wilkinsyke Farm as a route out of the village.


Butermere seen below Rannerdale Knotts.


Here are two of the new houses which have recently been built in Buttermere. I'm not sure if they're occupied yet but all the for sale signs have gone.
I counted 10 and Jennifer counted 12, although I suspect there might be even more that we failed to spot.

Pike Rigg.



Looking across Buttermere to Haystacks.

At the Crummock end of the lake you see Mellbreak and Hen Comb.

Tall people or short people in high heel shoes will need to be careful.


Heading along the short terrace like section of path.



Goat Crag.

High Crag and High Stile seen on the opposite side of the lake.

"Don't by shy, come and say hello"

A look back along the road. The path leaves the lake side for a while and we follow the road to Gatesgarth.

Gatesgarthdale Beck runs past the farm, across the fields and into Buttermere. There's about 40ft of height between the house and the lake so it's unlikely to flood because the lake is full. Having said that, I still wouldn't like to live this close to the beck.

Haystacks seen from Peggy's Bridge.


"Don't you find that fringe annoying"
"Who said that"

Fleetwith Pike.

On the homeward journey now.

A view back towards the head of the valley shows the rain moving in our direction.

Comb Beck.

We enter Burtness Woods just as the rain catches up with us.


We're at the end of the lake and it was bucketing down so that's all for today folks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks