Buttermere is a lake in the English Lake District. It measures 1 1/2 miles long, 3/4 of a mile wide and 75 feet deep. There is a footpath running round the perimeter of the lake, which takes in some beautiful scenery.
The area provides plenty of low level walks, including the walk around Buttermere lake itself, as well as the extensive mountain ranges surrounding the Buttermere valley, such as Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike and Rannerdale Knotts. Along with Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag, known as the Buttermere Round, these mountains provide superb and exciting high level walking and climbing.
Buttermere is a small hamlet situated between the lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. The two lakes were originally one post-glacial lake.
Buttermere village takes its name from the lake.
St James’ church situated just above the village of Buttermere is famous for the memorial to Alfred Wainwright. You can see his favourite mountain ‘Haystacks’ from the church window.
The name Buttermere means “the lake by the dairy pastures”.
Buttermere lake is owned by The National Trust.