Lake District Walk Around Buttermere

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This walk around Buttermere starts at Gatesgarth, the Honister pass end of the lake.

The name Buttermere derives from Old Norse and means ‘belonging to Buthar’

Follow the path around the buildings of Gatesgarth farm, then across the fields with views along the mile and a quarter length of the lake.

Cross Warnscale beck, this flows down to Buttermere between Fleetwith Pike to the left and Haystacks to the right.

Take the path along the lakeside, the peaks on the left include Eagle Crag – the name remains though the last eagles were killed by a local man, John Vickers, in eighteen hundred.

After passing Comb Beck enter Burtness wood, owned by the National Trust.

There is a choice of paths here, one going deeper into the wood, the other along the lakeshore; both routes meet up again further on.

At the end of the lake is Sour Milk Gill, named for the colour of the water as it foams and cascades down from Bleabury tarn and Red Pike.

Cross Scale Bridge with its fine views up the lake towards Honister Pass.

Then continue across the fields to Buttermere Village.

Here at the Fish Inn in eighteen Hundred lived Mary Robinson, said to be the most beautiful woman in the country, She was wooed and wed by a dashing rogue, John Hatfield, He was eventually hanged at Carlisle in 1803.

Pass through the village then leave the road through Wilkinsyke farm to return to the lakeshore path along Pike Rigg.

Across the lake, above Burtness wood High Stile rises two thousand six hundred feet, flanked by High Crag to the left and Red Pike to the right, both just a hundred feet less.

Enter Hassness Tunnel, created by local slate miners in the early nineteen hundreds, to enable the land owner, and now us, to walk a complete circuit of the lakeshore.

Across the lake, half a mile at its widest point Comb Beck can be seen tumbling down from High Stile.

Continue along the lakeside path, perhaps stopping for a picnic and taking in the scenery, carry on until the path joins the road that leads to the car park and the end of our walk

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