Cumbria, United Kingdom

Hike around Buttermere Lake

4.5 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally added by Sam Knight

A beautiful and relaxed easy lakeside hike with stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Free parking can be found on the road north-east out of Buttermere past the Church (marked on the map as the start), alternatively park at the pay and display down past the Fish Inn.

The trail starts at Syke Farm Tea Rooms and heads down to the lake over the farmers fields. Once you approach the water you can pick up a fairly flat path that will lead you in either direction circumnavigating the lake. From then on simply follow the path and take in the awe inspiring scenery. 

The path is near flat the entire way around and well maintained, especially on the western shore which is accessible for wheelchairs. The eastern shore can get narrow and a little rougher in places and includes a tunnel bored through the rocks for pedestrians.

Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks are clearly visible at the southern end of the lake and make for some fantastic photo opportunities. High Stile can be seen on the western side and Robinson to the east. The western shore also includes forested areas which were abundant with wildlife when we were there in the autumn.

On returning to the village via the north end of the lake there is an alternative route which you can pick up at the just a little west from the approach I advised which leads up to the Fish Inn and Croft House Farm Cafe. This route is flat and would be suggested as a good starting route for wheelchair users.

Post hike why not treat yourself to a pint at the Fish Inn or tea / coffee at either the Croft House Farm Cafe or Syke Farm Tea Rooms.

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Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area


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