A half-mile level walk from Lanthwaite Wood car park is one of the most jaw-dropping beach-side views in the Lakes. The woodland (a haven for red squirrels) suddenly opens up with a view right down Crummock Water. The panorama includes Grassmoor, Rannerdale Knotts, Red Pike and Mellbreak.
A little further on is a sheltered shingle beach by a slate boat house which is a popular spot for wild swimming, or if you're feeling really adventurous, you can continue for the nine-mile round the lake walk which includes bog-hopping and scrambling.
Battles and Bluebells
The next car park along when you visit Crummock Water gives you a chance to visit the 'secret valley' of Rannerdale where a fabled battle took place.
It is said that local settlers and Norsemen resisted invasion from the Normans: they lured them into the valley and slaughtered them all. Come April-May, the valley is covered in bluebells and local legend has it that this is because of the blood spilt.
Across Crummock from Rannerdale is Scale Force, the tallest single drop waterfall in the Lake District with a height of 170 feet (51.8m). The waterfall is set back in a gorge part way up Scale Fell, and there are several paths that lead up to the waterfall.
From Buttermere car park there and back it takes two hours, but the waterfall can be included into a longer walk around Crummock Water or even up to the summit of Red Pike.