An flat and easy walk around the lake suitable for all the family.
The mountains that ring Buttermere sweep straight up from the lakeshore in steep dramatic unbroken slopes. Even without setting foot off the valley floor you feel like you are right at the heart of these giant peaks. For those new to the mountains these peaks, being so close at hand, give the perfect introduction to mountain biking. They feel remote and you can see all their glorious detail of dashing becks, lonely woodland, hanging corries and towering crags all without leaving the safety of the valley lanes and bridleways.
Since the early days of the first Victorian tourists, the route around Buttermere has established itself as a bit of a classic. On the western shore of Buttermere a bridleway hugs the lakeshore and then makes a steady climb through the tall trees of Burtness Woods. This bridleway can be linked with the road along the valley to form a loop that mirrors the old Victorian walking route and takes in much of the same scenery. The riding is all fairly straight forward with the odd rough section to provide a bit of excitement and help develop your off road skills.
Distance 6.7km (4.2 miles)
Total ascent 200m
Time 1-2 hours
Start/finish Buttermere GR NY175170
Terrain Valley lanes, farm tracks and lakeside single track.
OS Landranger 89 (1:50 000)
OS Explorer OL4 (1:25 000)
Harvey Superwalker XT25 Lake District West
British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)