Buttermere, Lake District, England

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The lake is about a mile long, and has a road running along its north shore. Loweswater means "leafy lake" and you can picnic among the trees around its shore
Both the lake and the neighbouring Holme Wood are owned by the National Trust. Holme Wood has a footpath running through it, and there is a waterfall too.
The village of Loweswater is a scattered hamlet about half a mile east of the lake. There are grand views of Crummock Water and Mellbreak which towers over the village
You get to Buttermere from the east (coming from the main lakes of Windermere or Ullswater) over the 1200 foot Honister Pass with its fierce 1 in 4 gradients. You descend into the beautiful Buttermere Valley. Buttermere lake is a mile and a quarter long, and is hemmed in by high mountains.
It is possible to walk all round the lake, at one point using a tunnel through a cliff. And at its western end there is a path through Warnscale Bottom which follows a breath taking route between the 1900 foot Hay Stacks and the 2100 Fleetwith Pike
The village of Buttermere has a tiny church built in 1841, and from it a path leads south to Sourmilk Gill waterfalls.
For the more adventurous paths lead on up to Red Pike (2479 feet) one of  the Lake's finest viewpoints
Crummock Water
A two and a half mile long lake, originally part of Buttermere, but over the millennia has silted up. To its north, the wild Rannerdale Valley is only a short walk, and to the south you will find the Lake Districts highest waterfall, Scale Force, which tumbles 120 feet in one clear fall between rock walls.
Brackenthwaite Fell rises from its east shore and Mellbreak from the west shore
Ennerdale Water is two and a half miles long. Its remoteness has meant that it is one of the most unspoilt of the Lakeland's waters. Great efforts have been made to preserve its beauty. In the 1930's straight line planting by the Forestry Commission aroused much criticism, and the Commission agreed not to plant any more trees in the heart of the Lake District. And over the last 20 years Ennerdale Forest has has its lines softened by the planting of a variety of trees that follow the contours rather than straight lines.
There is a marked 9 mile walk from Bowness Knott along forest roads, and a shorter two mile walk along Ennerdale Water. As cars cannot drive round the Water, you have to park at Bowness Knott and take to foot anyway.
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