Buttermere, standing in the beautiful Vale of Lorton, is one of the most western lakes in the National Park. The 1 ½ mile long, ¾ mile wide, and 75 feet deep stretch of water surrounded by hills and trees, is thought by many to be the most scenic walking area in the county.
The level path following the shoreline, and including a short rock tunnel, provides fine views, and those wishing to venture beyond, can take the tracks which lead to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike.
Haystacks, was one of the favourite walks of Alfred Wainwright, the well-known author, whose passing was a great loss to Lakeland.
The small village church of Buttermere contains a stone, dedicated to his memory, set into a window-sill whose window looks out on to his much-loved Haystacks where his ashes are scattered.
The lake is also favoured by anglers who come for the trout and char fishing. Usually they will meet in the village inn, which, in earlier times, gained attention as the home of Mary Robinson, the Beauty of Buttermere.
Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District with a single drop of 120 feet from a total of 170 feet, is within easy walking distance of the village and the lake.
Access by car to the tranquil Buttermere Lake and it’s surrounds can be via Cockermouth, or, from Keswick, the Borrowdale Valley and the Honister Pass. This route passes the Honister Slate Mine, which, open to the public, is well worth seeing. The views from here on a clear day down the valley to Buttermere are fantastic.
The Ennerdale Rambler and the Honister Rambler provide bus services from Keswick and Cockermouth which will stop outside towns where it is safe to do so.
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