Buttermere is an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Lake District. It is also good for people wanting to escape the busier area of Lakeland and enjoy the areas natural features in a more peaceful way. Unlike Great Langdale further south, Buttermere valley has it’s own lake—two lakes in fact, the other being Crummock Water. But like Great Langdale, the valley is deep set, surrounded by high Lakeland Fells . It also has a small village with hotels offering drinks, food and accommodation, and a cafe. Buttermere also has a good Youth Hostel in addition to self catering apartments.

Needless to say the area is an excellent location for walkers. There is a low level four and a half mile walk around Buttermere Lake, and there is also a route up to Haystacks, which has been made famous by the writer and fell walker Alfred Wainwright. Other fell routes include Fleetwith Pike, Red Pike, High Stile, and Grasmoor.