A Walk Around Crummock Water

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Continuing with the series of posts about the Lake District and favourite walks in this area, I offer a walk around Crummock Water. Crummock Water is less well known than its close neighbour, Buttermere, but it is just as beautiful. Not only that, with good waterproof boots, it is possible to walk the whole way round this lake and take in the beautiful views from every angle.

Living the best life: Views from a walk around Crummock Water


Other posts in this series include One Day in the Lake District, Easy Walks in the Lake District and One Day in Keswick.

Where is Crummock Water?

Crummock Water is in the north of the Lake District. It is about 8 miles from Cockermouth and 12 miles from Keswick. We drove from Windermere, which takes about an hour and a half. There are different routes, but we drove over Honister Pass, a very steep, narrow road, but worth it for the views.

Map for Crummock Water

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Our route took us past Buttermere, which is one of my favourite spots in the Lake District. Even on a dull day, Buttermere is still spectacular.

View over Buttermere

Buttermere view

Crummock Water is adjacent to Buttermere and we parked in the small village between the two lakes. There is some pay and display parking, but on quieter days, it might be possible to park up the hill out of the village for free.

The Walk Around Crummock Water

From Buttermere we walked clockwise around Crummock Water. The trail is obvious, but is quite rough underfoot and when I say waterproof boots are needed, I am not exaggerating! The trail was flooded at various points and we needed to pick our way across bogs in several places. Perhaps in the height of summer after a drought it might be dry, but I suspect not. This is the lake district after all! We did meet some people at the end of the lake who were surprised that we had made it all the way along. It was not difficult though – just wet!

Crummock Water view

View towards Rannerdale

Crummock Water View

It is possible to take a bit of a detour from the trail along the back of the lake in order to see Scale Force, the waterfall. On this particular occasion, however, we passed on that. Another day!

We had our picnic at the far end of the lake looking out towards Rannerdale. Fabulous views!

Our picnic view on a walk around Crunnock Water

The trail on the other side of the lake was more wooded and rather less flooded for the most part. We followed the trail along the edge of the lake and met a few more people on this side, although it was still very quiet. Eventually the trail comes out on to the road B5289, which would have taken us back to the car. But….Peter does not like walking on the road, so we had to do a detour…..a fairly long detour which involved a bit more of a climb up Rannerdale and round back to Buttermere. It was lovely, I must admit, and there were some fabulous views over Crummock Water, but it did add a couple of fairly strenuous miles on to an already lengthy walk.

View over Crummock Water from Rannerdale

View over Crummock Water

Our hike took a little over 4 hours. This included a short picnic and the detour round Rannerdale. The whole hike was about nine miles – unless you are a border collie like Jasper! He probably did about 20 miles!

Jasper on a walk around Crummock Water

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Easy Walks in the Lake District

Looking out from the slate mine at Rydal

One Day in the Lake District

View at Buttermere


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  1. Fantastic walk! It would be delicious to have a little picnic there along with the view 🙂

  2. Love the colors and the water reflections! I’m with Peter on the road walking.

  3. Beautiful photos, though I wish you’d included some from your picnic! Maybe I’m the only one who thinks miles = food, but 9 miles would justify quite a feast 😉 Jasper looks like he was having a good time!

  4. Wearing waterproof boots is good advice. I wouldn’t have expected that. The lake is quite beautiful and unique.

  5. Lovely photos Jane – it looks really beautiful. Walk sounds fab. Jasper is getting big…and living the life of Reilly by the looks of it!!

    • Jasper rules the roost, Sheila!

  6. Great photography! I heard some great things about the Lake District, I am supposed to spend some time in the UK in the future (near or not so near…) and this hike looks like a perfect introduction to the area!

  7. Looks like a nice walk. The boggy start mighty put me off if I didn’t have waterproof footwear. Thanks for the tip.

  8. I can see why Buttermere is one of your favorite places! Stunning! And would love to hike around Crummock Water – beautiful!

  9. We spent a week in Cumbria in October. We didn’t travel much past Grasmere but still had some wonderful walks including Rydal Water and Loughrigg Fell. Next time we’ll definitely head for Crummock – it looks absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the parking tips

  10. The Lake District is so pretty. I love how you captured the lake reflections. Jasper looks like the perfect companion too!

  11. Another lovely Lakes hike. Do you recommend any particular waterproof hiking boots? Sadly found mine to be hole riddled hiking Lake Achensee! Jasper is adorable & certainly in great shape & such a sweet hiking companion! 😀 Can’t wait time read more.

    • Hi Cindi. Salomon are my favoured boots as I find them completely waterproof, but they also fit my foot shape. I think you just have to try on lots until you find the fit that suits you – and of course, always make sure they have a gortex liner.

  12. A beautiful walk especially with so much water to view. Jasper looks like he enjoyed his walk and I think I would too.


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