Visit Buttermere and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Buttermere, Cumbria, is a lake set among some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lake District. It is an ideal centre for climbing the peaks. Sour Milk Gill originates in Bleaberry Tarn, set 1,600 ft up among the slopes of Red Pike and High Stile on the West and comes rushing down in milk-like spray to Buttermere. Walkers and climbers may come in from various directions. The motorist can choose only from three, for the High Stile range blocks his access on the West: he can enter from the North beside Crummock Water, from the East by Newlands Pass (with care down the last mile), or from the South by Honister Pass. Crummock Water is often considered the most pleasant approach, with the magnificent Fleetwith Pike South of Buttermere.
The latter is hemmed in by mountains, those of Robinson and Hindscarth on the East being lower than High Stile (2,644 ft), Red Pike and High Crag opposite. There is pleasant pastureland North and South of the lake, joined by an attractive path along the west side. Buttermere is noted for its fishing, and rods and boats are let by the National Trust which owns the whole lake and 94 acres of plantations on the south shore.
Buttermere (Village) is a small village and is roughly halfway between the north end of Buttermere itself and Crummock Water. The road from Newlands Pass descends steeply to the village, joining the one that runs from Honister Pass North to Crummock Water. The village is popular with walkers and climbers as a centre for excursions in the Cumbrian mountains, and has hotels, guest-houses and an old church.
Wordsworth includes the local tale of the Maid of Buttermere in Book VII of The Prelude. She was the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn and had the misfortune to marry a man who proved to be a forger and bigamist and was later hanged. She later moved to Caldbeck.
Nearby towns: Ambleside, Cockermouth, Keswick, Workington
Nearby villages: Arlecdon, Bassenthwaite, Beckermet, Borrowdale, Branthwaite, Brigham, Calder Bridge, Camerton, Cleator, Cleator Moor, Dean, Elterwater, Frizington, Gilgarran, Gosforth, Grange, Kirkland, Lamplugh, Langdale, Lorton, Loweswater, Mockerkin, Newlands, Parkside, Rosthwaite, Rowrah, Santon, Santon Bridge, Sellafield, Threlkeld, Ullock, Wasdale, Wilton, Winder, Winscales, Wythburn
Have you decided to visit Buttermere or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Buttermere bed and breakfast (a Buttermere B&B or Buttermere b and b)
- a Buttermere guesthouse
- a Buttermere hotel (or motel)
- a Buttermere self-catering establishment, or
- other Buttermere accommodation