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Blue Lake

Buttermere Within The Lake District: Walk Each Week

This phenomenal varied route within the Lake District ihas a ridge walk along Rannerdale Knotts with amazing sights lower towards the bluebell fields in spring, coming back via Crummock Water. The expert’s view

Paul Delaney, Upland Footpath Supervisor: “This walk is exactly what we'd call a ‘cheap’ walk – for any minimum quantity of effort you're compensated with nearly every component of an ideal Lakeland day. The ramble begins with an open fell and gradually increases to some short, rugged ridge giving wonderful sights from the major peaks and lower towards the three ponds.

“In spring, the vista includes among the finest shows of bluebells within the Ponds. The valley floor is nearly entirely engrossed in bluebells local legend characteristics this towards the spilt blue bloodstream from the Normans within the twelfth century.

“Although not strictly area of the route, in the finish from the walk we always treat ourselves with a homemade icecream offered at among the farms in Buttermere village – potentially the primary reason my spouse arrives to begin with!

“My top tip for first-time ramblers is always to bring the best equipment. It might be dry and warm when embark, but Lakeland weather can alter very rapidly, so be ready.“


Start: National Trust carpark at Buttermere

Power grid ref: NY172172

Maps: Landranger 90 &amplifier Explorer Ol4
Download an OS map of the walk
© Produced by permission of Ordnance Survey. All privileges reserved. OS licence no. AL 100018591

Getting there

Buses: Regular buses from Keswick (77/77a) and Cockermouth (949) to Buttermere village, the industry very short walk along a basic route to the beginning point

Cycling: On-road National Route 71, three miles from Buttermere village via B5289

Road: From Keswick by either Newlands pass or Honister pass, from Cockermouth by B5289 via Lorton

Local facilities

  • National Trust carpark at Buttermere. Non-NT carpark in Buttermere village with WCs and camping available underneath the carpark.
  • Cafés, hotels and bars in village.
  • Dogs will always be welcome under close control, but please do not let any dog to depart chaos around the pathways and near any have a picnic areas.

Distance, terrain and ease of access

Three mile (4.74 km) round walk roughly one-and-a-half hrs having a climb and drop of 296m. Quite strenuous route in most seasons. A lot of the route is on grassy pathways, having a steep stone-pitched descent of Rannerdale Knotts (the very first road to be fixed underneath the Fix the Fells project in 2001). Good walking boots along with a full group of waterproofs are essential.


Herdwick sheep

Beatrix Potter’s beloved Herdwick sheep, that she won many breeding awards, is visible grazing around the fells throughout the year. Lamb are born in May with made of woll that is almost black it progressively turns lighter as we grow older.

Wainwright’s memorial

Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), author from the “Pictorial Guides towards the Lakeland Fells”, chose to make this area famous together with his hands-written and hands-attracted guides towards the ponds. There's a memorial stone to him in the chapel in Buttermere and the ashes were spread on Haystacks, his favourite fell within the Lake District.


1. In the beginning point in the NT carpark in Buttermere, walk straight across the direction to a stile. Mix the stile and consume a narrow grassy track before the path starts to steepen.

2. Because the path steepens go ahead and take left hands track resulting in the ridge this is an excellent indicate stop and go over to Buttermere Lake and also the surrounding hillsides.

3. From the beginning from the ridge, stick to the gentle incline towards the summit, supplying great sights of both Secret Valley and Crummock Water. Soon you achieve the summit cairn (we’d be thankful should you didn’t add gemstones towards the cairn pathways need gemstones a lot more than cairns!).

4. In the summit stick to the narrow, winding, grassy track downwards. In wet weather this is often boggy in places and also the short grass may become slippery. This can ltake you to definitely the steep stone inclined section, which in wet weather may become very slippery so excellent care ought to be taken. Whenever you leave the pitched section stick to the track downhill until it branches left and lightly descends for the road. Mix the street and feel the gate resulting in the lakeshore, following a lakeshore before you visit a gate for your left leading in to the forest.

5. Enter through the gate and stick to the permitted path with the wood. The road briefly results in the lakeshore again before re-entering the wood. Take the road to your left leading through Nether How wood to some footbridge.

6. Mix within the bridge and stick to the good path off right with the forest heading to the beginning point.

An excellent walk loved by many people site visitors towards the Lake District and excellent for visitors that remain in Lake District Holiday Bungalows and particularly pet friendly ones.

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February 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 am