Lakes and mountains....
The valley of the River Cocker running from Buttermere to Cockermouth
is surrounded by some of the finest fells and mountains in the Lake District. It
offers a variety of challenges including ridgewalks, climbing, abseiling,
paragliding, dramatic steep slopes and rewarding days.
This the spot that Wainwright described as the most delectable of all. Indeed
his final wish was to have his ashes scattered over the summit of Haystacks.
Other well known and popular mountains include Fleetwith Pike, Red Pike, Grasmoor,
Melbreak, and Whiteside.
For those wanting more gentle walks the Lorton, Whinlatter
and Loweswater fells offer gentler routes but with impressive views and
tourist free days.
And where else in the Lake District can you find three lakes in such close
proximity. From the
summit of Rannerdale Knotts you can view them all at the same time and admire
The lakes of Crummock and Buttermere were once joined and after
a period of heavy rain one can understand how this was so.
A family walk around Buttermere which takes 2 - 3 hours is a must for every
visitor and from here you can visit Scale Force, a waterfall of some 120 feet.
Loweswater is smaller and quieter which is much of its appeal. It is
in fact the only Lake that drains inland.