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.
Leave 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.