Around Buttermere Water

Easy circular walk around Buttermere Water. This walk offers beautiful views on the surrounding summits.

Technical sheet No. 30750923

A Buttermere (Cumbria) walk posted on 15/02/23 by Our Lake District Escapades. Last update : 30/05/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25 ?
Distance Distance : 7.95 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 64 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 66 m
Highest point Highest point : 136 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 104 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Lake District
Location Location : Buttermere (Cumbria)
Starting point Starting point : N 54.54363° / W 3.27971°
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Buttermere Water


Start: National Trust car park, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA

(D/A) Exit the car park and take right on the B5289 in the direction of Buttermere village. Just after the bridge take the road on the right (between the Bridge hotel and Croft House Farm Café). Then pass the gate to take the footpath in the direction of Buttermere lake (leaving the Lake District National Car park on your right hand side). Continue on this path until reaching the shore of Buttermere lake (around 500m).

(1) Then take right (South-West), in the direction of the bridge crossing Buttermere Dubs river and Sourmilk Gill waterfall. Pass the gate on the left to enter Burtness Wood and arrive on the path following the shore of Buttermere lake. Once on the large shore path, continue straight up to the end of the lake (the lake should be on your left hand side). At the end of the lake, take left to pass Peggy's bridge and go in the direction of Gatesgarth farm (North-East).

(2) Pass the farm and take left on the B5289 (North-West). Continue on the road for around 800m taking left on the path going towards the shore of the lake. Continue following the shore of the lake until (1). Then take right to leave the shore and go back to the car park.

Alternative: At waymark (3) it is possible to leave the shore to take right in the direction of Buttermere village.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 136 m - Buttermere National Trust car park
1 : km 0.98 - alt. 104 m - Shore of Buttermere Water
2 : km 4.07 - alt. 112 m - Gatesgarth Farm
3 : km 6.52 - alt. 113 m - Alternative path towards Buttermere village
D/A : km 7.95 - alt. 136 m - Buttermere National Trust car park

Useful Information

Start: National Trust Car park, on the B5289, Buttermere.

Car park: National Trust Car park (just before entering Buttermere village), Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, Fees apply to Non members of the National Trust, Free for members
Or Lake District National Park Car Park (in Buttermere village),B5289, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA, Fees apply

Toilets: At Lake District National Park Car park, fees apply

Terrain: Good path around Buttermere water.

Dog friendly: Dogs can be off-lead most of the walk; can have some livestocks near the end of Buttermere water (in the direction of Peggy's Bridge and Gatesgarth Farm) and small sections on the main road. Dogs to be on lead when crossing fields with livestock.

Find more information on Our Lake District Escapades website.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Several waterfalls

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