This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Buttermere.
Buttermere is undoubtedly one of the loveliest villages in the Lake District, scenically situated and with a wealth of historical and literary associations. The village itself is tiny and sits on the floor of the valley between the lake it is named after and Crummock Water; access is via narrow, winding roads, which might prove difficult for large vehicles! Whilst the village is remote and doesn't have much in the way of facilities, it is a classic example of a Lakeland hamlet and draws scores of tourists during the Summer season. Your options for Buttermere hostels will place you on the edge of the village, affording excellent views across the lake as well as allowing easy access to the village.
The village itself has ample paid parking as well as a free site above the church (which has a window dedicated to fellwalking legend Alfred Wainwright). There are a couple of good pubs and coffee shops and the walk around Buttermere is a pleasant, undemanding stroll with magnificent views in all directions. Local attractions include the Honister slate mine, where tours underground and the nerve shredding Via Ferrata are available, and walking up the more challenging peaks of Melbreak and Grassmoor. In spring the hidden valley of Rannerdale has one of the most spectacular displays of native bluebells to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom!
Buttermere is not a place for a lively weekend of late nights and wild parties, but it is one of the best spots in the Lake District to get a sense of how truly spectacular this much-loved landscape is. Nearby towns with a wider range of facilities include Cockermouth and Keswick, both of which are approximately twenty-five minutes away by car, but we'd recommend kicking back, relaxing, and taking in the views!
Written by local enthusiast for Buttermere hostelsHowellsey