Opening times for 28 November 2023
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Pay and display National Trust car parks available at Buttermere Village, Lanthwaite Wood and Honister Pass (free for members). There is also parking at Loweswater and Crummock water (not National Trust). We don't allow overnight parking due to the impact on nature and wildlife, staff resource and visitors.
There is a public toilet in Buttermere (small fee)
Dogs are welcome to our outdoor properties but please keep them under close control to protect stock and wildlife. Take a look at our Canine Code and enjoy a great day out with your pup!
For Buttermere and Crummock Water, take B5289 from Keswick or B5292 from Cockermouth, forking right onto the B5289 at Lorton. For Loweswater, turn off B5289 onto minor road at Brackenthwaite past Scale Hill
Parking: Pay and display (cash only) car parks at Buttermere village (CA13 9UZ) and Lanthwaite Wood (CA13 0RT) near Crummock Water.
Sat Nav: use CA13 9UZ for Buttermere; CA13 0RT for Crummock Water; CA13 0RU for Loweswater
rights of way link to the Coast to Coast long distance path
Workington station (20 miles to the west) or Penrith station (28 miles to the east)
NCN71 (C2C) skirts Loweswater
Buttermere is a one paw print rated place. Find out all you need to know about bringing your furry side-kick on an adventure around the lake shores, in the valleys and up the fells.
Beautiful lake surrounded by towering fells. Easy, level, round-the-lake-walk passes Sourmilk Gill and a Victorian tunnel.
One of three lakes in the valley. Walk from Lanthwaite Wood to the lakeshore for extraordinary views down the valley.
Tranquil little lake with accessible walk through Holme Wood, known for deer, red squirrels and Holme Force waterfall.
Explore the Lake District's Buttermere Valley and discover walks through rugged landscapes, panoramic views, thundering waterfalls and other forces of nature.
Discover the wildlife you can spot in the Buttermere Valley. Learn how otters have returned and how rangers care for swathes of bluebells to protect them for future generations.
Explore the hills and woodlands on the eastern side of Crummock Water on this circular walk near Buttermere, Lake District.
This scenic and invigorating Lakeland ridge walk takes you from the Buttermere Valley up to the summit of Rannerdale Knotts, offering impressive views over lakes and high peaks.
See a traditional farm, walk along an ancient corpse road and discover evidence of human activity dating from the Bronze Age to the Second World War.
A rustic bothy for those who want to spend more time exploring the fells, tarns and peaks of the Lake District.
A ‘stone tent’ warmed by a log-burner, set just metres from the shores of Loweswater.
A peaceful campsite less than a mile from the shore of Wastwater, perfectly placed for challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.
A relaxed, natural site in the Langdales, a paradise for all kinds of adventures, from meandering trails to major peaks.
An impressive 18th-century carding mill, now a large six-bedroom escape perfect for family get-togethers.
A stone cottage with traditional furnishings located in the remote valley of Wasdale.
All three lakes in Buttermere Valley, and much of their surroundings, are cared for by the National Trust. The fells offer exhilarating and challenging ridgeline walks, and the lakes offer easy lakeshore walking with beautiful views.
Please note the National Trust car park for Buttermere lake and village is just outside the hamlet, 300 yards towards Cockermouth. From there you can walk to two of the lakes – Crummock Water or Buttermere itself..
To launch your own canoe or boat onto any of the lakes, simply purchase a boating permit from the car park machine. To keep the lakes peaceful, a maximum of 10 boats are allowed on the water at the same time, and no powered craft are permitted. Please help keep these beautiful lakes free from invasive species by checking, cleaning and drying your boats, paddles and wetsuits.
From conservation projects and protecting archaeological features to improving the experience of visitors or laying hedgerows, our work at this special place is rich and varied.
Find out about the experience of filming Supernova in the Lake District with writer and director Harry Macqueen.