A painting of Crummock Water and Buttermere by William Green in 1790 © Buttermere Historic Landscape Survey Report

A painting of Crummock Water and Buttermere by William Green in 1790

The characters of Buttermere

Walk in the footsteps of eccentric characters where tranquil waters reflect abandoned settlements and bustling hamlets.

Discover people such as the Maid of Buttermere, a Victorian entrepreneur and a servant who fell to her death.

Fanny Mercer

Learn from the story of this young servant girl whose memorial cross overlooks Buttermere after a tragic accident cost her life.

Beauty of Buttermere

Captain James Budworth, an early explorer of the Lake District, announced to the world that hidden in Buttermere was the most beautiful girl he had ever set eyes on.

Nicholas Size

'Auld Nick' had grandiose ideas for the Buttermere Valley. He dreamt of building a chair lift to the top of High Crag, a nine hole golf course and services for the growing influx of motorists.

Choose your own history

Keen to enjoy the history of the Lake District? Visit our Outdoors site to discover historical activities and more, as written by our very own Rangers.

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The cultural history of Ennerdale

The concept of 'wild land' at Ennerdale includes the cultural history of the valley, seen in over 500 archaeological sites that date back 11,000 years.

Find out about the history of Ennerdale (external link)


Whitehaven's heritage

Discover the memory bank of former residents and the rich industrial heritage of this once important maritime port.

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