Buttermere Lake

Buttermere Lake

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Licensing Information

Licence Required?

Yes - but not included in British Canoeing Membership

License Authority

National Trust

Further Information

Permit is required, not included in BC membership. Season Permits ring 017687 74649.
Day permits are available from the car parks at Buttermere CA13 9UZ and Lanthwaite Wood CA13 ORT.

The National Trust managed Buttermere Lake is another treasure to paddle. Many years ago, it was a larger lake with its neighbour Crummock Water. Erosion to the fells has left a divide, and so you have Buttermere and Crummock Water.

Both lakes have national (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and international (Special Area of Conservation) levels of protection because of their wildlife interest.

So why should you paddle Buttermere Lake or Crummock and not the others in the Lake District? Well, that’s a tough question, because they’re all stunning in their own way.

Buttermere and Crummock Water are quieter than the main lakes, such as Windermere. They’re also smaller and more manageable for paddling, especially if you’re looking for more of a leisurely paddle.

The area is particularly inspiring in late August. At this time, when there might still be crowds on the larger lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water are quieter. The heather backdrop provided by the fell scenery at this time has to be experienced.

Remember, parts of the Lake District lakes can be quite exposed. Make sure you’ve planned your route if you’re going touring. Plan ahead with the weather and be well prepared for a day on the water. You can find more information on paddling safely here.