Things to do nearby Bowderbeck
Buttermere is on of the most magical valleys of the Lake Disitrct. Entirely surrounded by mountains, and accessed via narrow windy lanes, it retains a timeless feel and peaceful atmosphere. The village is made up of two pubs, a café, farm and ice cream parlour, with whitewashed stones cottages dotted around and the occasional sheep trotting past.
High fells surround the small lake, which is just over 4 miles in circumference. The dramatic ridge of Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag overshadows the far shore of the lake. Fleetwith Pike and Haystacks are an imposing presence at the foot of Honister Pass.
For more strenuous walks from the door you can walk up behind the cottage onto Whiteless Pike and then beyond to Grasmoor, Crag Hill and Hopegillhead. Alternatively on the other side of the valley you can walk round Buttermere and up Haystacks (Wainwright's favourite fell) or take on the challenge of the high ridge of High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike. There is also a bus, the Buttermere Rambler, which runs from Keswick round to Buttermere in the holiday season (a circular route over Whinlatter Pass and Honister Pass) this is great for linear walks as you can get a lift to the start of a walk and walk back to the cottage or get a lift back to the cottage from various stops along the route.
If you are visiting during May then this is time to visit Rannerdale – a hidden valley that becomes a blaze of bluebells during late spring. This valley has a bloody history – it is where the valley folk lay in wait for Norman invaders in the 11th or 12th Century and ambushed them, winning the battle. The slain invaders were left were they fell and it is said this is why the blue bells grow so profusely in this little corner of the western lakes.
Loweswater is in the wider area of Buttermere and is a much smaller lake that receives even less foot traffic. There is a lovely terrace path along the far shore with an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels. You can read our Loweswater Area Guide here.
Aside from walking the market town of Cockermouth is a 20 minute drive away. This Georgian Gem town has a lovely main street lined with independant shops and several nice pubs and restaurants. For more information on Cockermouth please click here to read out Cockermouth Area Guide.
If you head down the Borrowdale Valley you will get to Honister Pass and Honister Mine. Try out one of their mine tours. Or if you’re feeling brave, experience their via ferrata.
Keswick is a dream location for walkers, climbers and cyclists. There are plenty of fantastic fells to climb and low level walks by the lake or in the valleys. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about.
As well as outdoor activities Keswick is a popular destination for shoppers. There are a number of independent shops selling interesting local and regional wares. There is a lovely bookshop that opens late during the summer and a fascinating second hand bookshop on Station Street. As for outdoor shops Keswick has a wide range of independent retailers as well has several high street outdoor retailers. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year (Thursdays and Saturdays).