Keswick to Buttermere Walk
This walk visits Buttermere Lake from the town of Keswick in the Lake District National Park. The route runs for almost 9 miles, passing Derwent Water, Catbells and Robinson fell on the way.
Starting in the town the route follows the Allerdale Ramble to Catbells. The fell is one of the most popular in Lakeland with a fairly easy climb. From the summit there are fabulous views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, the Newlands Valley, Skiddaw and Keswick to the north, while the view south has a fine vista of Borrowdale.
The route then descends west to the hamlet of Little Town in the beautiful Newlands Valley area of Lakeland. This area has been made famous as the setting for the story of Mrs Tiggy Winkle by Beatrix Potter. There's some fine scenery here with pretty becks and waterfalls.
The route then turns south west to follow the Scope Beck to Robinson Fell. The fell stands at a height of 737 m (2,418 ft) providing great views over the Newlands Valley towards Derwentwater.
The final section then descends from Robinson to Buttermere.
Here you can enjoy a lovely circular walk around the lakeside. Buttermere has a delightful walking path running along most of the shoreline making for an idyllic waterside stroll. In the village you can reward yourself with refreshments at one of the nice pubs.
Keswick to Buttermere Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Keswick to Buttermere Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Keswick to Buttermere Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Keswick to Buttermere Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Fish Inn in Butteremere village is a lovely place to go for some post walk refreshment. The inn has an interesting history being one of the oldest inns in the Lake District. They do good food and there's a comfy lounge with sofas and a fireplace to relax in indoors. There's also seating outside with fabulous views of the surrounding fells. You can easily find it in the village at postcode CA13 9XA.
The Bridge Inn is also located right in the village. There's another fine garden area with one of the best views in England here.
At the other end of the route in Keswick head to the Lake Road Inn. The pub does good food and also has a nice garden area to sit out in if the weather is fine. You can find the pub on 10 Lake Road with a postcode of CA12 5BT for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly inside and outside if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the west of Keswick you can pick up the Coledale Horseshoe. The popular circular walk starts from the village of Braithwaite, exploring the wonderful hanging valley and visiting several of the area's significant peaks on the way. The route also passes close to Force Crag Mine. The Scheduled ancient monument dates back to the 1800s and is now run by the National Trust. It's an interesting place to visit with information boards detailing the mine's history and some pleasant walks along the Coledale Beck.