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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.

Burtness wood in Buttermere will be restored to Wordsworth’s vision © Maurice Pankhurst

Burtness wood in Buttermere will be restored to Wordsworth’s vision

Spring cleaning in Buttermere

This spring, sunlight will be reaching the forest floor for the first time in 60 years in Burtness Wood on the shore of Buttermere.