Welcome to Buttermere


The little village of Buttermere sits halfway between the two and provides a wonderfully cosy base for exploring the rest of the valley and the many nearby fells, including Haystacks (597m), the favourite mountain and the last resting place of the patron saint of Lakeland walkers, the author Alfred Wainwright.


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$530.66 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Lake District, Lake Cruise from Windmere: 3 Days

This 2 Night, 3 Day discovery tour of the Lake District highlights begins at the charming 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, that used to be owned by the beloved children's author Beatrix Potter. The hotel's logo is actually in her handwriting. On Day 2 you will join the full-day Ten Lakes Spectacular tour to Ullswater, Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond tour which covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes and a lake cruise, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for lunch. Certainly the most comprehensive, popular and satisfying tour in the Lake District, visiting central, north, north-west and north-east parts of Cumbria with so many stops for photographs and time to take in the breath-taking scenery. At the end of the tour you will have a departure transfer back to your hotel or Windermere train station.

$88.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Lake Explorer Tour from Windermere

If you have time for only one tour then this is the most varied and complete exploration of the Lake District possible on a one day tour withhigh mountain passes, stone circles, spectacular waterfalls and ten lakes - a tour to remember!Never ones to follow a crowd we make sure the Lake District Explorer is full of unique and special moments such as walking amongst ‘Wordsworth’s daffodils’ or standing below Aira Force. Our local driver guides add that extra somethiing to make your tour unique to you with a flexible itinerary that takes account of local conditions.We do not ignore the deservedly popular beauty spots such as ‘surprise view’ and Grasmere but mix this up with hidden gems that will take your breath away.Refreshment stops on this tour are equally special and we offer you a chance to experience a true ‘taste of Lakeland’ whether it is homemade ice cream or traditional Herdwick lamb stew – did we mention the best homemade scones and cakes in the Lake District?. On market days and when group size dictates we may stop at the market town of Keswick for lunch. Lunch is not included in the tour fee but wherever we go it is available at excellent value for money!This tour gets off the beaten track on a breathtakingly beautiful drive that clings to the lake shoreline of Buttermere and Crummock Water.More lakes, Grasmere, gingerbread and the option of a cruise on Lake Windermere finish a remarkable day out.To get the most out of this tour it helps if you can walk on uneven ground for 15- 20 minutes; please do not wear high heels and it's recommended to bring a windproof jacket.

$645.57 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full Day Lake Explorer Tour from Windermere

If you have time for only one tour then this private tour is the most varied and complete exploration of the Lake District possible on a one day tour with high mountain passes, stone circles, spectacular waterfalls and ten lakes - a tour to remember!Never ones to follow a crowd your driver guide will make sure the tour is full of unique and special moments such as walking amongst ‘Wordsworth’s daffodils’ or standing below Aira Force. Your local driver guides add that extra something to make your tour unique to you with a flexible itinerary that takes account of local conditions.The tour will not ignore the deservedly popular beauty spots such as ‘surprise view’ and Grasmere but mix this up with hidden gems that will take your breath away.Refreshment stops on this tour are equally special and you are offered a chance to experience a true ‘taste of Lakeland’ whether it is homemade ice cream or traditional Herdwick lamb stew – did you know the best homemade scones and cakes are made in the Lake District? On market days and when group size dictates you may stop at the market town of Keswick for lunch. Lunch is not included in the tour fee but wherever you go it is available at excellent value for money!This tour gets off the beaten track on a breathtakingly beautiful drive that clings to the lake shoreline of Buttermere and Crummock Water.More lakes, Grasmere, gingerbread and the option of a cruise on Lake Windermere finish a remarkable day out.To get the most out of this tour it helps if you can walk on uneven ground for 15- 20 minutes; please do not wear high heels and it's recommended to bring a windproof jacket.

$429.08 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from Manchester

Day 1: You collect your train ticket at the station and travel from Manchester to Penrith. After arriving in Penrith and meeting your Rabbie’s Guide, we enter the Lake District National Park and travel along the northern shores of Ullswater. This lake is often described as England’s most beautiful lake, and it’s here we give you the chance to take a forest walk and see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals. You have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and free to explore the charming town. (**During July/early August this tour stays in Windermere).Day 2: After breakfast, you take in views of Ullswater Lake as we head along country roads to its southern shores. You continue further south and travel over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass towards the lovely Lake Windermere. Here you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or eat lunch while enjoying sublime views of the surrounding scenery. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water. Your next stop is the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After exploring the cosy village, you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found”. There’s free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick.Day 3: We pick you up from your accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter Pass into the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. You journey along winding lanes, past the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere, and towards the Honister Mountain Pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit old slate workings, where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. After refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water, where there’s free time for lunch and shopping. Once you’ve eaten lunch, you begin your return journey, heading towards Penrith where you join your comfortable train for your journey back to Manchester or Manchester Airport.  

$365.17 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Winter 3-Day Lake District Tour

Your 3-day discovery tour of the Lake District highlights begins at the charming 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, that used to be owned by the beloved children's author Beatrix Potter. The hotel's logo is actually in her handwriting. On Day 2 you will join the full-day Winter Ten Lakes Spectacular tour to Ullswater, Borrowdale, Buttermere and Beyond tour which covers Ten Lakes, three mountain passes, a beautiful waterfall, Castlerigg Stone Circle and the ancient township of Keswick for lunch. Certainly the most comprehensive, popular and satisfying tour in the Lake District, visiting central, north, north-west and north-east parts of Cumbria with so many stops for photographs and time to take in the breath-taking scenery. At the end of the tour you will have a departure transfer back to your hotel or Windermere train station.

$541.24 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Winter 4-Day Lake District Discovery Tour

Return transfers from Windermere Railway Station             3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at 4* Lindeth Howe Hotel - which has a 2AA Rosette Restaurant onsite Winter Ten Lakes Spectacular Full Day Tour - which visits the pretty Buttermere, Borrowdale, Grasmere and stops in the market town of Keswick for lunch Winter Southern Highlights 1/2 Day Tour - which covers the Langdale Valley, Coniston, Tarn Hows and Hawkshead. On arrival back at lake Windermere, you will join a Windermere Lake Cruise from Waterhead to Bowness Bay. As the tour draws to an end in Bowness Bay we transfer you back to Lindeth Howe Hotel.