Buttermere Lakeside Walk
Buttermere is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, so a walk around it is bound to be good! No wonder it was voted one of the country’s favourite walks.
Start and Finish: Buttemere village
Distance: 7.21 km
Ascent: 153 m
Time: 2 hours
Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Keep an eye out for our complete guide to Buttermere – coming soon!
The Honiston Rambler bus service runs in season from Keswick on a circular route taking in Portinscale, Catbells, Grange, Seatoller, Honister Slate Mine, Buttermere, Lorton and Whinlatter Forest – but runs in both directions. You’ll need to check the Stagecoach site for information to see if the buses are currently running as there are no timetables available online.
Note that a section of permissive path is closed in the spring to aid nesting birds – more information from the National Trust here.
Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path, Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.
Buttermere Lakeside Walk
This walk around Buttermere lake (as opposed to Buttermere village – don’t get us started on mere/lake – we know!) was voted one of Britain’s Top 100 favourite walks in a poll in 2018 and is certainly one of the most beautiful and scenic walks in the Lake District. Not only does it have a village that’s well prepared for thirsty walkers with pubs, tearooms and places to stay but is also surrounded by spectacular mountains. From Grasmoor, Robinson and Dale Head to the northern side and through to Fleetwith Pike, Haystacks and the High Stile ridge to the south. For those looking for a longer walk, you can include a walk along Buttermere as part of the ascent of the High Stile Ridge, or any of the hills mentioned above as a scenic, low level return route to Buttermere.
The route itself is quite straightforward, heading on a good path along the southern shores of the lake. It’s certainly well trodden, having been a favourite of the Victorians, and resurfaced into an excellent track in more recent years. While the forest on sections does obscure the view, it makes those more open sections more special as you come across them with the view up towards Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks being a particular highlight of this walk.
At the far end, the walk crosses Peggy’s Bridge and joins the Honster Pass road for a short section before rejoining the lakeside. On this return section, there’s even a tunnel through the rocks at Dalegarth in order to add some interest. Being a short walk, there’s plenty of time for a pint or afternoon tea in one of the many establishments in Buttermere.
Buttermere Lakeside Walk Route
For more information on the walk, visit this link.