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3. Buttermere Lakeshore Walk

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Buttermere Lakeshore Walk

Grade – Easy. 5 Miles/2 hours/Buttermere

Lake Buttermere in the northwestern area of the Lake District National Park offers a peaceful and easy walking route around its shores amidst classic lakeland scenery of mountains and deciduous trees.   

Start at Gatesgarth Farm pay and display car par park. Cross the road and go through sign -posted gates, past the farm and onto a long gravel track accross the southern end of the lake. At the end of the gravel track go through a gate and turn right. You are now walking north along the western shore.

After a while the path opens out with a good surface just above water level and you enter a conifer plantation. As you approach the northern end of the lake, the path gets steadily wider and easier under foot. At the very end of the lake on the western side it is worth having a quick detour to view the water falls before heading east towards Buttermere village.

The path brings you out at the Fish Inn and then onto a bridge with a refreshment stand. It then turns onto the road from where you take a right turn into Sykes Farm, which serves teas and Ice cream. Continue thourgh the farm and follow the sign-posts to the lake shore, this time on the eastern side.

After passing through deciduous woodland, cross a field and approach a gate which opens into a short tunnel hewn through the rock – without which you would be forced to get your feet wet. Emerging from the tunnel you arrive at a pleasant shingle beach which is a good spot for a break. Leave the beach and follow the track along the waters edge, taking in fantastic views of Fleetwith Pike to the south, before heading up towards the road and the return to your starting point.
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