Lanthwaite Wood and Crummock Water to Buttermere
Leave the car park through the small gate at the far end from the road, turn right onto the footpath that runs alongside the River Cocker and follow it all the way to Crummock Water. WARNING: this path can be quite slippery, if it is, follow the forest track instead. You will end up in the same place which is: Lanthwaite Fish Ladder and the source of the River Cocker at the foot of Crummock Water. Take in the view it’s magical!
Grasmoor on the left and at its foot the little boathouse, put into some real perspective! Fleetwith Pike seemingly rising up out of Crummock water itself (In fact it is at the other end of Buttermere!)
From here, cross the bridge next to the Fish Ladder and follow the track running along the right-hand side of the Lake under Mellbreak, right up to Scale Bridge, then turn left into Buttermere. Simples!
WARNING No2: Gets boggy in wet spells and a little rocky, you are traversing the foot of a very large rock (Mellbreak) after all, there are run offs all over the place and boggy bits in abundance, the route therefore is an ever changing one but if you follow the route you can see you’ll be fine and as long as you stay by the Lake shore you cannot go in the wrong direction!
Don’t forget to have a look at the Iron Stone (Rannerdale Knott’s Mini Me) and Low Ling Crag on the way …