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Buttermere in Lake District

The Lake District is often referred to as the 'Most Scenic' part of the UK. And rightly so. It is bursting with stunning vistas, picturesque villages, impressive mountains and of course the many captivating lakes. Only one body of water, the Bassenthwaite Lake, has been traditionally named as a lake. All other water bodies are referred to as either 'mere' or 'water'. Some of the major lakes in the region include Windermere, Bassenthwaite Lake, Buttermere, Coniston Water, Derwent Water, Grasmere, Ullswater, Wastwater and Crummock Water. While all lakes (big or small) look magical set in the mountain scenery, I had two clear favourites - Buttermere and Wastwater.

Buttermere with its stunning views and peaceful setting is one of those places that you would never get tired to return to again and again. There is a footpath running around the perimeter of the lake and it would take roughly 2.5-3 hours to get around depending on your speed and how many photo stops you take. The path is relatively easy (and yet offers wonderful views) and makes for a pleasant family stroll. When we visited there were not many people around and it was wonderful to ramble around the lake in relative seclusion.

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere in Lake District

Buttermere | Cumbria, CA13 9UZ

Parking is available in Buttermere village (National Trust car park as well as a Pay and Display near the Fish Hotel). There are no toilet facilities near the lake but you will find them in Buttermere village along with some pubs, café and ice cream kiosks.

The lake is open all year round but the path along the north end of the lake is usually closed April-June as it is the nesting period for the resident sandpipers. Please check with National Trust (01768774649) if you have any questions.

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful name to match a beautiful location! Buttermere looks like somewhere I'd like to take my partner when we're back from Italy. The Lake District is known for its beauty, but I never thought it could get even more stunning! Your photos are incredible and very inspiring too.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Yes, it is a very beautiful location and nice place for nature walks.

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  2. Buttermere seems like a real hidden gem and that scenery is truly picturesque. Seems like a great place for a stroll. Is it possible to find good accommodation nearby or is it a good place for camping?

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    1. There are two hotels in Buttermere - 'The Fish' and 'The Bridge'. In addition there is also YHA Buttermere overlooking the lake and they have private rooms as well as camping facilities.

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  3. The Lakes District has always been a big draw for me in the UK. Buttermere looks like the perfect place to get my feet wet in the area.

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