Gatesgarth and Buttermere Circular is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Gatesgarth, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length4.3 miElevation gain511 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyBackpackingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePartially pavedViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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Please note: As per July 31, users have reported that the bridge over the water is currently closed and so requires a diversion onto a less paved, water laden path. Paths on this much used circuit have been improved over the years, so much so that some resemble highways! There is a short road section after Gatesgarth Farm and a short tunnel constructed by local slate miners to enable the owner of Hassness to walk around the lake. Hassness is now part of the Ramblers Countrywide Holiday organisation. A short scramble up Comb Gill was included to facilitate a more lofty viewpoint. The village of Buttermere became famous in a Victorian melodrama, for it was here at the Fish Inn run by her parents that Mary Robinson known as the Beauty of Buttermere was seduced and bigamously married to John Hatfield. Mary’s second marriage was happier and she lived to a ripe old age largely unaware that her story was famous in literature and portrayed on the London stage. Her tale has been the subject of a novel by Melvyn Bragg. So enjoy this beautiful spot and take it all in as you detox from the modern world allowing your soul to revive.

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Kyle D
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HikingGreat!

Superb walk, trail is so well kept and offers so many alternative routes offering different types of difficulty level. Choose to got off track and head up fleetwith pike and or head across to haystacks or just continue round the loop. Cafe at the end of your route that offers great, locally sourced and made on the farm products.

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Kyle D
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Superb walk, trail is so well kept and offers so many alternative routes offering different types of difficulty level. Choose to got off track and head up fleetwith pike and or head across to haystacks or just continue round the loop. Cafe at the end of your route that offers great, locally sourced and made on the farm products.

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Lucie Mason
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Gorgeous

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Janine Stevens
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Incredible views, easy route small hills, lots of waterfalls, small cave, rocky and forestry.

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Cock McGinty
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Great walk this time of year, even in the drizzle the scenery is beautiful. Quiet...sign posts that say “Footpath” with no other signalling should be abolished!

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Martynas Ruzgas
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Beautiful

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Emma Humphreys
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Bekki Norbury
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Simon Hallam
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Pierre Haas
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Michael Plummer
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Nice walk lovely views

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Steven Brown
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A really easy walk in the north of the Lake District. Beautiful.

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Cory Sydee
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Really lovely easy walk around a beautiful lake with views of mountains. The town of Buttermere is great for a stop and the top of the lake is a great place for a picnic. Not suitable for prams with some paths which were a bit muddy/ wet/ rocky but nothing that you can’t easily walk through.

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Robert Storry
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Totally enjoyed the views and the walk, we found the trail paths Great. Certainly return

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Ina S
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Navin limbu
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Been to this lovley place multiple time, never get bored of it. Its something special. Easy walk Hard to find car park somromes when it is Busy

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Stu Boyd
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The trail is easy going except for one section before the cave and just after. It is rocky with some slippery bits. If you have young ones or are walking with a pram try to avoid this section.

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Jonathan Dobkin
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Very easy walk round the lake. Good path no issues with the condition. Fantastic views from the Buttermere side, and also plenty of cafes here too. Would recommend parking at Buttermere and starting early from here as it can get very busy. Plenty of places to stop along the way to sit or for picnics etc

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Chris Goodison
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Chris Maughan
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Trail was easy going around the lake, the haystack was in our opinion, more of a hard climb than moderate... although we did have to turn back due to the weather rolling in after 7km, so we half completed the full trail but managed the lake walk.

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Jazzy Jeff
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We visited on a Monday in August and at 10:30 am the parking was running out so I would not arrive too late. There are a few points on the east shore that are a bit of a scramble so a certain level of mobility is required for this walk. A really nice walk in a beautiful setting.

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Alexey Zagorodniy
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Tanya Daly
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Pretty, very easy walk, good for dogs and kids

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Mark Singleton
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stunning views everywhere you look, straight forward trail to follow, perfect for families as it's not to far

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Miguel Finol
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Excellent

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Russ Bryans
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Nice easy trail for new walkers like us. Good footpath and brilliant views and a lovely coffee shop to finish

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Andy Dye
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Great little trail, perfect for families. Thoroughly enjoyed the cold crisp November climate and the Croft House cafe half way round was fab!

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Verity Richards
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Straightforward circular loop with good footing and signage. Despite it being November, it was all easily passable and we had a great morning ramble with our pupper

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Paul Gibbs
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Low effort high benefits! Beautiful views from start to finish with very little elevation. Some elevation via lots of small ups and downs that never tire the legs.

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Clive Bates
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One diversion due to bridge being down. Mostly easy going with some good views.

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