Buttermere Circuit

Tuesday 26 June 2018. Today’s walk was a fairly low-level affair. Just 500ft of ascent on the 5 mile walk around Buttermere. I could have driven to Buttermere but the roads are not the best so I let the bus take the strain; catching the 09:30 which went down Borrowdale and over the Honister Pass to Buttermere. John Horner had told me that the bus broke down a couple of weeks ago on reaching the high point at Honister and a lady on today’s bus said that it had broken down twice yesterday. It therefore came as no surprise when the drive stopped the bus just 4 miles out of Keswick, at Nicholl End, to call back to base to report an alternator problem. He was told to carry on and that a new part would be fitted when he got back to Keswick. There were no further problems and the bus pulled into Buttermere, a little late, just before 11am. I needed to fuel up for what would be a warm walk so a stop at Sykes Farm cafe for a bacon butty and a pot of tea was in order.

I decided on a clockwise circuit heading out along the north shore and returning along the south shore. It was a very popular route with lots of other walkers having the same idea as me. I was relieved to find a mobile refreshment van at Gatesgarth Farm where I had a very welcome ice cream.

The bridge at Buttermere Dubs had been damage by floods, resulting in a detour a little further north to get back to Buttermere village. I had time to kill before catching the 2:24pm bus back so I called into the Bridge Hotel for a pint of lager & lime. The knee held up well with no significant pain.

Buttermere – walk route

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