Walking Around Buttermere
Yesterday was another gloriously hot day in the Lake District. Like a great many other people, we chose to walk the circuit of Buttermere. A modest ramble of just a few miles but well worth it as a by-day, for the scenery of the lake itself and the mountains around is magnificent.
Starting at the little church, with its memorial to Alfred Wainwright, a view of his last resting place of Haystacks visible through the church window, we headed down through Wilkinsyke Farm to the lake shore.
Every tree and rock on the surrounding hillsides was sharply delineated, the tops dominating the landscape. Red Pike and High Stile across the water as we walked the northern shore. As we walked through the rocky tunnels below Hassness, carved out by a previous owner (or rather his labourers) so that he might walk nearer to the shore, the grand view of Fleetwith Pike comes into view, fellwalkers already clambering up its long ridge.
Cuckoos may be rarer than they used to be, but not around Buttermere. Not having heard one for a few years, we heard two yesterday, one on either side of the lake.
Enjoyed circuiting a lake, with only a very small stretch of roadside walking, 90% away from traffic. If you have an hour or two to spare I recommend the journey around Buttermere.