Cottage at Buttermere by munki-boy


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.

Created: 28  August  2016  Edited: 24  November  2018

Buttermere Facts

Buttermere is a large freshwater lake in Cumbria, situated at an altitude of around 103 meters and is deep.

The shoreline of Buttermere is approximately 5.02 Kilometers all the way round.

  • Altitude: 103 m
  • Shoreline: 5.02 Km
  • Depth: Deep

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Wildlife in and around Buttermere

Buttermere Birds

There are 130 species of birds recorded as found near Buttermere.

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Black-Headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

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