30th July 2013Buttermere revisited: Camping between two lakes

We visit the Buttermere area quite regularly, and this time was so that Giles could begin the rather ridiculous challenge he set himself - to hike up 24 of the Lake District’s highest peaks within 24 hours. He did it to raise money for Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team - one of the Western Lake District teams and a cause that any fellwalker should be aware of.

Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere, the Western Lake District

His walk would take him along the ridge of mountains that overlooks Buttermere and onto Wasdale and beyond. The perfect place to begin from was the Syke Farm Campsite in Buttermere village. 

There can be few more appealing names for places in the Western Lakes than Buttermere. To me the name - which is possibly thought to come from the Norse meaning a lake near dairy land - conjures up images of happy cows grazing in green fields under blue skies. Happily the valley more than lives up to its pleasant name. The lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water share the steep sided valley, with impressive jagged peaks surging up from their shores. 

Syke Farm campsite is run by a farmer with a sense of humour who jokingly (I think) berated Giles for the scruffiness of his beard. The camping ground covers a lovely area of undulating grassland with great views to the fell tops.

After seeing Giles off on the beginning of his mega hike I went back to sleep in our campervan before taking an early morning stroll down to the shores of Crummock Water, then of Buttermere. This really is an amazing spot to be at any time of the day, but during the quiet minutes just after dawn it was just magical. Sitting on an old tree stump by the water I imagined Giles toiling along the high paths on the hills above. I have to say I felt quite grateful I had the more relaxing end of the deal, and a little bit nervous about his night navigation!

 Camping between two lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water, the Western Lake District

After enjoying these glorious moments of solitude I headed back to Buttermere to visit the Croft House Farm Café and breakfast on a good strong coffee and one of their delicious bacon rolls oozing with brown sauce.

Croft House Farm Café, Buttermere, the Western Lake District

Buttermere is also home to the Fish Inn, which offers food and accommodation (a great choice for hikers - we were glad to find the Weatherline phone number handily posted on their noticeboard!). And of course, Syke Farm’s Tea Room and Buttermere Ayrshires Ice Cream Parlour which we showed you in our last visit!

The Fish Inn, Buttermere, the Western Lake District

One day Giles and I have promised ourselves we will return to Buttermere and stay at the Fish Inn for a less extreme walking break - we’ll be sure to let you know how we get on. There are so many special details to this delightful corner of the Western Lake District that I reckon we could fill ten more blogs!

But for now it was time for me to head on to Langdale, to meet Giles on the halfway point of his walk and give him some much needed sugary drinks and slices of chocolate brownie. 

P.S. You can watch the film Giles made about his epic hike here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRgA-vyZdXE

Find out more…

Croft House Farm Café: crofthousebuttermere.lanthwaiteweb.co.uk

The Fish Inn: www.fishinnbuttermere.co.uk

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