Miles Without Stiles 25: Buttermere Lakeshore


Route type: For all / for many / for some. Varying lengths of walks, depending on levels of ability. They all have one thing in common - the beauty of Buttermere - OS Explorer Map OL4

Distances: 1.5 km or 0.9 miles for all, 4.5 km or 2.8 miles for many, 7.5 km or 4.7 miles for some (all there and back).

Start point: Buttermere village - grid ref. NY 175170

Turning points: For all, Buttermere lakeshore - grid ref. NY 173164

For many, end of Burtness Wood - grid ref. NY 183155

For some, Gatesgarth Farm - grid ref. NY 194150

Facilities: Accessible toilets, 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.


Walk back up through the car park and turn right past the Fish Inn, following signs to the lake. After about 200 metres, take the left lane down to the shoreline. Ignore the track signed Scale Force. The route for all ends here. From here there are fantastic views across Buttermere and of Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks fell.

Once in Burtness Wood, it gets more undulating and there are some sections with some 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.

After 1.5 km, the woodland boundary is reached, and the surface has some short rougher sections. 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.


25 - Buttermere Lakeshore route