Buttermere Valley

Children paddling on the shallows of Buttermere, Lake District

Important notice -

Our countryside space is open. We ask all visitors to follow government guidance to keep everyone safe

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

Lake view

Swimming in the Lake District  

Swimming in lakes, rivers and tarns is a popular activity in the Lake District, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved before entering the water. Lakes and tarns can be deep and the water will still be cold, even on warm days. Before you set off, read the Lake District National Park's guide to swimming to make sure you have the right skills and equipment to stay safe in the water.

A couple cycle along a lane at Wray Castle

Planning your visit to the Lake District  

Get the best out of your visit to the Lake District by planning ahead. We're expecting the Lakes to be very busy this summer, so we've pulled together the tools, tips and guidance to help you make the most out of your trip and help us look after the Lake District. Find a car park, understand where you can and cannot stay overnight and get tips for ways to stay safe in the Lakes.

Fishing equipment, Loweswater, Lake District

Fishing and boating on Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater  

If you're planning to go fishing or launch a boat onto the waters of the Buttermere Valley you will need a permit before you head off. Here is everything you need to know before you set out.

Buttermere Valley


Buttermere Valley


Painting of Crummock and Buttermere from 1790 by William Green

Meet some of the valley's colourful characters 

Ponder the mystery of how Buttermere got its name and meet a few of the colourful characters who once lived in this Lakeland valley

Buttermere Valley


school pupils damming a stream in Holme Wood, Cumbria

Learn on the lake 

Buttermere has a host of learning opportunities for all ages, including Forest Schools, higher education and more casual activities.

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Buttermere Valley

Places to stay