7th December 2014

A circuit of Buttermere


Walk Overview
Time 1:30 to 3:15pm
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 4.6 mile
Ascent Not much ascent
Walking with Jennifer
Butermere (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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map

We hadn't intended to walk anywhere today so it looked like we'd have a day when we never left the house. Once the morning had been left behind however, we decided to take our chances with the strong wind and heavy showers by heading out for a short walk around Buttermere. We weren't out long but we still managed to get the whole way round before it started to rain again.

Passing by the Fish Inn.

A view down Buttermere towards Fleetwith Pike.

Buttermere's outflow.

Plenty of water in Sourmilk Gill toady.

Looking back towards the village with the Grasmoor fells towering above.

Burtness Wood.

High Snockrigg and Robinson are seen on the opposite side of the lake.



Comb Beck.

Now we're nearing the end of the lake where we'd cross the level ground in front of Fleetwith Pike.

Haystacks above Warnscale Bottom.

High Crag and High Stile. I'll bet it was a battle against the wind for anyone up there today.

One of the classic shots of Haystacks and the Buttermere Pines.


Looking down Buttermere to Hen Comb and Mellbreak.

Into the tunnel we needed go, , , , you probably guessed that already.


Zooming in a little on Grasmoor and Whiteless Pike. There's a dusting of snow on the tops but not much to be honest. Although, if the forecast is correct there should be more snow up there in a couple of days time.

Where now?
It's the nine and a half mile option for us, a quick visit to the supermarket and then home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks