Wooden bench by a lakeshore path, with fells reflected in a still lake in front

Miles Without Stiles 25: Buttermere Lakeshore

Miles Without Stiles

Varying lengths of walks, depending on levels of ability. They all have one thing in common - the beauty of Buttermere - OS Explorer Map OL4

Route for all. 1.5 / 7.5km distance.


A linear walk of 750m (1.5km there and back) 'for all' route or a relatively long 3.75km (7.5km there and back) 'for some' route. You could either walk there and back or get picked up at either end or get the  number 77 / 77A bus back to the start.

Walk back up through the car park and turn right and go around the front of the Buttermere Court Hotel (formerly the Fish Inn), following signs to the lake along the bridleway. After about 200 metres, ignore the track signed Scale Force and take the left lane down to the shoreline, where the for all route ends. From here there are fantastic views across Buttermere and of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks fell.  The route beyond this point is 'for some' standard.

The 'for some' route continues up the right hand (west) side of the lake. After 1.5 km, Burtness Wood is reached and it gets more undulating and there are some sections with large stones. Cross the footbridge and go through the gate into the wood. Our route hugs the shoreline and has fine views across the water to the fells of Robinson, Hindscarth and Dale Head.  There is a slope of 1:8 up and then down for about 30m (or just over for 1 or 2m) around grid ref NY 18160 15592.

Carry on to the junction with the Scarth Gap path, turn left through a gate and cross Peggie's Bridge back to Gatesgarth Farm. This section is level, but rough in places and is narrow (900mm) at the very end. There is a short, steep stone culvert with slopes up to 1:4 at grid ref NY 19012 14811.

Please note: the map below has not yet been updated, the middle section marked as 'for many' is actually 'for some' standard.


Start point:

Postcode: CA13 9XA
Grid reference: NY 17371 16929
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Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 17277 16363
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Accessible toilets (including in LDNPA car park, with Radar key access), refreshments and pubs at Buttermere

Getting there:

Bus: Honister Rambler service 77 / 77A stops eight times a day from March to November. This service stops in the centre of Buttermere Village (start point) and at Gatesgarth Farm (turning point for some). Car: B5289 to Buttermere from both Borrowdale and Lorton, or drive over Newlands Pass.