Buttermere & Crummock Water

This drive of just under 30 miles takes in spectacular passes and wonderful lake views. Several walks are suggested for this day out.

Lovely ButtermereLeave Keswick on the A66 and turn left into Braithwaite, then first left and left again which brings you onto the Newlands Valley road. Follow this road over the Pass, you can stop at the top to see the views or to wander a short distance up the fells on either side, then drive down the other side to Buttermere and Crummock Water. There is a public car park (pay the attendant in the wooden hut) behind the Fish Inn (which does very good meals) and walk the short distance to the Falls, or do the low level walk all the way around Buttermere, a distance of some 5 miles and a good 2-3 hours. To walk the circumference of Crummock Water is a considerably longer walk and the far side can be quite boggy and slippery in places especially in cold or wet weather.

Back at the Fish Hotel you can return to Keswick by turning right and driving along the side of Buttermere and over Honister Pass. The road drops steeply at the far side and a beck flows down in a pretty gorge to Seathwaite and on towards Derwentwater.

Things to do – Walks

Ascend Latrigg
Get a great view of Keswick

Railway Line Path/Lower Latrigg:
Delightful circular walk

Walk Around Derwentwater
Walk the whole 9 miles or hop on a launch and walk back

Walla Crag and Ashness
A classic walk with a classic view

Castlehead and Cockshot Wood
The woods are particularly lovely in May when the Blue Bells are out

Catbells
Favourite ridge walk rising up to 445m (1424 feet) with a clear path giving stunning views of Derwentwater

Things to do – Drives

Derwentwater Drive
A delightful drive through what we think is the loveliest valley of them all.

Buttermere & Crummock
This drive of just under 30 miles takes in spectacular passes and wonderful lake views. Several walks are suggested for this day out.

The North Lakes
A longer drive : around 60 miles – which takes in 6 lakes/tarns and the spectacular Kirkstone Pass.