• Buttermere

  • The history of Buttermere

    A favourite of Lake District hill walker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright; Buttermere's perfect mix of Lakeland scenery has been attracting tourists for many years. The little church of St James has a plaque to Wainwright under one of its windows, facing his favourite fell- Haystacks.


    It is claimed that the Cumbrians fought a guerrilla war against the Normans for almost half a century, and folklore tells of Jarl Buthar, who fought off the Norman invaders from his hidden stronghold at Buttermere. How much of this is true is unknown, but one can certainly imagine the steep mountains surrounding Buttermere to have been the perfect pace for such an Anglo-Saxon resistance.

    Walking around Buttermere

    The path around Buttermere is a perfect walk for families and hikers of any ability. With plenty of choices for places to stop for food, as well as prime picnic spots all around the lake, it's an extremely popular day out for visitors to the North Lakes.


    If you fancy something more challenging, Wainwrights favourite, Haystacks, and Red Pike can be sumitted from Buttermere.

    Useful info

    • Buttermere is 1.2 miles long
    • 0.35 miles wide
    • 75 feet deep
    • Location: Over the Honister Pass B5289, at the South end of the Borrowdale Valley
    • OS: NY180160
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