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One and a quarter miles (2km) long, quarter mile (400m) wide and seventy five feet (23m) deep with an elevation three hundred and twenty nine feet (100m) above sea level, Buttermere is a lake situated in the north-west corner of the Lake District.

A place of stunning natural beauty it lies surrounded by fells, most notably the High Stile range in the southwest, Robinson directly opposite, with Haystacks to the southeast, Grasmoor northwest, at the head of the River Cocker valley.

Standing at the northwest corner of the lake is the village of Buttermere and further is Crummock Water, the acknowledged twin of Buttermere. A footpath runs around the lake, with a circumference of four and a half miles(7.2km) which passes through a natural rock tunnel under the region of Hasness. The lake is accessed by road from either Cockermouth, Borrowdale, Braithwaite or the Newlands Valley.

The Buttermere lake, meaning ‘the lake by the dairy pastures’, is under the ownership of the Natural Trust and as such is part of the property called Buttermere and Ennerdale.
Mary Robinson, affectionately known as the ‘Maid of Buttermere’, who lived from 1778-1837, was the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn in Buttermere and was the subject of a novel by that name by Melvyn Bragg.

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