Buttermere {the Beauty of Of}

Notes from a Lancashire Countryman

Just over one and half hours journey by car from where I live in West Lancashire I can be in the LakeDistrict National Park. This area of outstanding natural beauty attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The southern lakes of Windemere { the largest natural lake in England} and ConistonWater, are especially popular.

On this trip I was to by pass the southern lakes by continuing north up the M6 motorway to junction 40 The Penrith turn off. From here I joined the A66 passing through Keswick and calling in at the village of Braithwaite, which is situated to the east of the Grisedale Pike ridge.

The village boasts some fine public houses including Coledale Inn and the Royal Oak.

Beautiful scenery

A house on the southern edge of the village. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Smith.
A house on the southern edge of the village. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Smith.

Activities galore.

The village of Braithwaite is also central for a plethora of activities, lying as it does next to the Barrow Fell. It is also situated near to the WhinlatterForest which is an ideal venue for walkers to explore. Those of a more adventurous nature will find activities such as sailing , hand gliding, rock climbing and canoeing within easy reach of the village. For nature lovers, such as myself, get a rare chance to watch ospreys in the nearby lakes.

Braithwaite is also ideal for tourist to stay for there is a camp site which includes a caravan site and the village has bed and breakfast and guest house establishments. After leaving the village By way of a B road I soon came upon a junction .Turning left I joined the B5289 which would take me to my intended destination-The village of Buttermere. Buttermere village lies in the valley between Buttermere lake and Crummock water. This picturesque village is over looked by the summit of Grasmoor to the north and High Stile to the south. Grasmoor is a mountain, the highest peak among a group of hills that dominate the area.

Splitting the lakes

Grasmoor. Over looks The village of buttermere is situated between the Buttermere lake on the right and Crummock Water on the left. Photograph courtesy of Ann  Bowker.
Grasmoor. Over looks The village of buttermere is situated between the Buttermere lake on the right and Crummock Water on the left. Photograph courtesy of Ann Bowker.

The western flank

The western flank of Grasmoor swoops down to meet the lake known as Crummockwater. The summit of Grasmoor{accessed from various points, and varying degrees of endeavour required to reach it} is domed shaped. It consists of moss and short grass. The mountain is also famous for its screes and rock scenery.

Buttermere lake has long been one of my favourite lakes its relative seclusion giving rise to a tranquil beauty than the populated lakes of Windemere and Coniston water. The water stretches for a mere mile and a quarter and only a quarter of a mile wide, making it much smaller, but in my opinion , much more attractive, than the larger lakes. records convey that it is 75 feet {23m} deep. Two other large peaks the FleetwoodPike and Haystacks are to the south east.

Mountains Have an Air of Permanence.

A view of Fleetwood Pike from Buttermere Lake. Photograph by courtesy of Mick Knapton
A view of Fleetwood Pike from Buttermere Lake. Photograph by courtesy of Mick Knapton
A view of Mellbreak from the north. Photograoh courtesy of Mark J
A view of Mellbreak from the north. Photograoh courtesy of Mark J

On the opposite side

On the opposite side of the village of Buttermere lies the lake known as Crummock water. The hill of Mellbreak running the length of its waters. The lake is owned by the National Trust. Scale force the highest waterfall in the Lake District feeds the lake while the RiverCocker is its primary outflow.

To see the beautiful secluded lakes surrounded by awesome naturalbeauty is worthy of the trip alone. The added bonus of the friendly village and villagers and the wide range of activities associated with the area make this part of England a "must see" on your holiday list.

Footnote---Mary Robinson {1778-1873} was known as The Maid of Buttermere. Melvin Bragg's novel of the same name is a worthy read.

Crummock water

Crummock water from Rannerdale Knotts. Photograph courtesy of Rob Bendall
Crummock water from Rannerdale Knotts. Photograph courtesy of Rob Bendall

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ahorseback 6 years ago

Great hub, we are lucky to have so many people like you informing us of unknown beauties, I would not think of such isolated beauty in England , this is wonderful.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

2uesday, thank you for reading and for leaving your appreciated comments.


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Excellent hub, interesting and enjoyable to read as all your hubs are. It is like being transported to this beautiful place for the time it takes to read it. Thank you.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi jill, It is a beautiful area which I am sure you would be enthralled with knowing how much you appreciate nature.Thank you for reading.

hypnodude- you are so kind and encouraging thank you.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Rated up, stumbled and bookmarked for those wonderful pictures. Great hub D.A.L. Very, very good.:)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Wow! This looks so beautiful and peaceful! How I wish I could visit and enjoy communing with nature.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

Hi Carol, thank you for your visit. There are mountains in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland as well as in England.Snowden {Wales} Ben Nevis {Scotland} The mountains of Mourne {Northern Ireland} are all popular climbing regions.

Kaie Arwen, you are welcome glad you enjoyed it.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

This was beautiful............. thank you for the vacation! :-D

Kaie


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

As always a great hub. I learned something new. I wasn't aware that the British Isles had mountains.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England Author

tantrum, thank you for reading and for leaving your appreciated comments.When you have the weather in your favour the Lake District is a match for anywhere as regards scenic expanses.

Darlene, it is indeed a magical place. I know your love for nature will appreciate the Lakes. I can promise more hubs in the near future the subjects are endless for nature lovers. I can only take credit for choosing the pictures the photographers names are credited under the photographs.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Oh my, I want to live there, it is simply amazing. Did you take these pictures yourself, oh what a lucky guy you are to live near this wonderland. I feel like I fell through the hole and followed Alice and Wonderland into a place unlike any in the real world. This is inspiring and I thank you for sharing this beauty.


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tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

That's so beautiful ! Now I'm longing for UK. I used to go every year. The last time was 2 years ago. Thanks for such wonderful pics. Cheers ! :)

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