Buttermere Valley

Children paddling on the shallows of Buttermere, Lake District

Important notice -

Please note that the footbridge at Little Mossthwaites is still closed for repairs. A diversion is in place over Scales Bridge. Look for signs as you walk out of Buttermere village.

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

View from Brackenthwaite Hows towards Crummock Water

National Trust acquires stunning Georgian viewpoint that inspired world famous artist  

A viewpoint that inspired world famous artist JMW Turner on his first visit to the Lake District will be opened up to the public having been acquired by the National Trust. 

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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.

Buttermere Valley

Our work

Ranger Mark Astley with a school group

Mark Astley - Valley Ranger Profile 

No two days are ever the same. Get a glimpse into the behind the scenes work of a valley ranger in the Lake District.

A hiker taking in the sunset at Wasdale Head, Cumbria

An introduction to the Lake District World Heritage Site 

Becoming a World Heritage Site has involved a lot of consideration around the culture and landscape of the Lakes.

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