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Quiet village in the northern Lakes

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Buttermere

With a lake of the same name, Buttermere is a small village hidden in a valley in the northern lakes part of the Lake District, in Cumbria. A walker’s heaven, the village is set between Crummock Water and Buttermere Lake, so for those looking to tick off all the water in the Lake District, Buttermere is a wonderful stop off point. The village’s history dates well back to the 11th century when The Bridge Hotel traces its history back as an armoury and bakery.

The fascinating history of the village doesn’t stop here. Mary Robinson, ‘The Maid of Buttermere’, who lived in the village from 1778 to 1837 is the subject of a novel by Melvyn Bragg, and is also mentioned by William Wordsworth in his piece ‘The Prelude’. Mary was the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn, which still stands as the village pub today, so stop in for a lunchtime snack or drink on your way through.

There is a wonderful walk from the village car park to Buttermere Lake, which either takes you on a circuit of the lake, or across to see Scale Force Waterfall, a stunning three-heighted waterfall, which is the tallest fall in the Lake District.

Buttermere Lake

At the far end of the Buttermere Valley you will be able to reach Haystacks, a popular walking fell, well-known as Alfred Wainwright’s favourite fell, and also where his ashes were scattered.

For those that like a scenic drive Buttermere does not disappoint, although fell driving is probably not for the faint hearted as some roads around the village can be quite narrow with sheer cliff drops to one side. However, the views from the top will make up for the roads below with vistas across the Lakes.

“Buttermere is a small village hidden in a valley in the northern lakes part of the Lake District”

Nearby visitors are well placed to explore the northern Lakes. Places such as Keswick, Cockermouth, and Bassenthwaite are all within driving distance, and also walkers attempting Scafell Pike are just a 20 minute drive up Honistor Pass to Borrowdale, where you can start on the most popular route up England’s highest mountain.

This quiet but bustling village is well worth a visit during your next trip to the Lake District. Although small, you are perfectly placed to see a number of popular Cumbrian attractions.

While you’re there

Honister Pass

A mountain pass linking Seatoller, in the valley of Borrowdale, to Gatesgarth at the southern end of Buttermere.

The Bridge Restaurant

A venerable old inn and restaurant, situated on a site which has been occupied for 1,000 years.

St James Church

Situated above the village, its original chapel was consecrated in 1507, while the present building dates from 1840.

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