As promised in my previous post I was going to write about our round-the-lake walks. Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water are connected by a stream and almost touching one another. But Crummock Water is at least double the size so we rather picked Buttermere Lake for a walk. The road to the lake is running along the shore of Crummock Water and the southern end is really beautiful. We stopped here for a short stroll and of course for a couple of photos.
Both lakes and their surroundings are taken care by National Trust. In case you are a member you can use their free car park in Buttermere and so we did. From here a short walk leads down to the lake. The path is well maintained as easy to walk all the way long. It’s around 4.5 miles and takes about 3 hours as written in their brochure. Right at the beginning there is a beautiful scenery looking towards the distant peaks on the other side of the lake.
We decided to walk anti-clockwise. The path starts next to Sourmilk Gill. This is an impressing 300m long fall coming down in a cascade from Bleaberry Tarn. I haven’t taken a single photo of it as it was too crowded and I couldn’t find a good composition. Nice things don't always look good on photo. During the walk we stuck to the easier paths running on the lakeshore. The hike of the previous day was more difficult and this time we just wanted to relax and enjoy nature’s beautiful treasures.
On the way back we stopped for a lunch. Buttermere is a lovely small village and the slow cooked lamb was just perfect at Bridge Hotel. In case you’re a meat-eater I can highly recommend it.
After buying a cake in a local shop we drove back to our accomodation for chilling out. What a perfect day it was!
The next day a bigger challenge was waiting for us, to walk around Ennerdale Water. It’s a reservoir for drinking water and not maintained by National Trust. The path on the south-western side is rougher and it also takes longer because of the size of the lake. It’s more remote too being a less touristy destination. It was raining almost all morning, we started our walk from the car park only around 12:30 after having a light lunch.
The first mile is relatively easy but then you have to get over the rocks of Angler’s Crag. The view from here is well worth the climbing.
After Angler’s Crag the most difficult part of the trail awaits you. As it was a lot of rain the previous days, little streams were coming down literally everywhere. They were full of water with strong current and even the path was flooded. It took quite an effort to cross the stream of Red Beck and instead of walking you rather have to jump from rock to rock if you wanted to stay dry. But there were lot of positives too. The water created a beautiful atmosphere along the trail I had never really seen so far. I tried to take some shots but I couldn’t really captured the real beauty of it. You have to be there for the real experience. I’m sure I’m going to remember it for a long time.
When reaching the southern end of the lake the path leads on a road so the real challenge ends here. The scenery is still beautiful but this isn’t the best part of the trail. That’s running on the other side.
During the last half a mile it started to rain again. We quickly jumped into our car and drove back to the accommodation. We really enjoyed this walk and can recommend it. But you have to be prepared and very careful in wet circumstances. One thing is sure, it’s definitely worth all the efforts.