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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$536.69 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.

$88.78 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.

$665.82 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.

$376.63 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.

$558.22 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.

$105.73 Day Trips & Excursions

Winter Scenic Tour - The beauty of lakes and mountains in the winter

Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Pass Inn for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside.From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass and descends down to Brothers Water.We stop on the shore of Ullswater for photos and then leave Ullswater and head north and west towards Castlerigg.Castlerigg Stone Circle stands on a superb natural plateau commanding a superb 360 degree view over the surrounding fells. Made up of 38 free standing stones, some up to 3 metres (10 feet) high, it is one of Britain's earliest stone circles dating back to the Neolithic period 4000 to 5000 years ago.Our journey now takes us a short distance to the head of Derwentwater where we stop at Lakeside near Keswick, for lunch.We now travel to 'Surprise View', one of the most stunning viewpoints in the Lake District.The road now rises higher as we climb the fell to the Honister Slate Mine at the head of the pass. We have a brief stop here. We now descend slowly down the steep track as it twists and turns into the Honister Pass and on to Buttermere. Buttermere could not be more of a contrast to the magnificent yet hard scenery of Honister. We are now entering the Vale of Lorton, one of the lushest and prettiest parts of the Northern Lakes. The spectacular scenery continues as we head towards Moss Force Force Waterfall.From here the scenery softens as we head into the Newlands Valley.We now head back towards Keswick and start the journey down towards Ambleside. On the way you will pass Thirlmere, and at the foot of the water, we then head back along your fourth, and last, mountain pass of Dunmail Raise.We pass Grasmere village to drive along the shores of Grasmere. The road winds along the shore until we come to Rydal Water.Please note that this route is subject to change dependent upon the prevailing weather conditions.