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Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes

Buttermere in Old English means 'the lake by the dairy pastures'. Large numbers of Vikings settled in Cumbria during the 9th and 10th centuries and many names in the area are of Norse origin.

One of the most famous residents is Mary Robinson (1778-1837). Known as the Maid of Buttermere and the subject of Melvyn Bragg's novel, she was the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn in Buttermere village.

The wider Buttermere valley covers Crummock Water and Loweswater village and lake. The location is ideal for relaxing holidays and exploring.

The walking can be tough if you head for the high fells, but much more gentle by the lake shores. It's nice to have the choice.

C-Art at Bark House with Wool balls from Annabel Lewis © Florence Acland Photography

C-Art at Bark House with Wool balls from Annabel Lewis

C-Art comes to the National Trust at Dunthwaite

C-Art at Dunthwaite Barn 13 - 28 September

C-Art is taking over some extraordinary places this September and four of them are in very special National Trust places near Cockermouth and Keswick.