Beautiful Buttermere on Bank Holiday
One of my favourite campsites is Sykes Farm in Buttermere. It’s not the most convenient for us given you can’t drive onto the camping field so it’s tent camping rather than sleeping the campervan, but the location is simply stunning.
You are situated between Crummock Water and Buttermere and it’s a very short walk to either. You’re also an even shorter walk to not one but two pubs, and two cafes, both of which do amazing ice cream. Yet it still manages to feel really remote and beautiful! The campsite has a stream running through it which is perfect for a) entertaining children of all ages whether it’s Dora throwing stones, younger children paddling or older children building dams and towers of stones and b) keeping dogs cool!
Top tip, if you forget to bring a bowl for the dog, you can always use a potty. It is dog food in there, honestly.
We spent the bank holiday weekend here at the end of May with a group of friends and we were so incredibly lucky with the weather. Hot sunshine and blue skies for the whole weekend! In the Lake District! There was quite a breeze, which in the heat we were very thankful for, but the prediction of gusts of up to 40mph on the tops was enough to convince us to keep our walks lower down. In this area this is no bad thing. A walk round Buttermere was the first action of the day, with a break for ice cream halfway round at Gatesgarth. Round the other side of the lake we stopped on a pebble beach which was well shaded by trees to give Dora a break from the carrier and a chance to do her new favourite thing – throw stones in water! Back at the campsite it was time to break out the barbeques and everyone was well fed.
Day two with the winds still high we switched to the other side and a group of us walked along Crummock Water. Under halfway along there is a little peninsula which was the perfect picnic spot. The pies and quiches bought from the farm café in Buttermere that morning were highly recommended! Jamie and a couple of others dived into the water for a quick dip before food – perfect weather for it! We continued along to Loweswater and stopped for drinks in the garden of the pub, giving the toddlers another chance to stretch their legs and have some snacks.
For the return journey the other side of the lake involves stretches walking on the road, and we didn’t fancy walking back the same way we’d come, so we headed round the other side of Mellbreak and walked over the col, which gave us beautiful views over both Crummock Water and Buttermere.
The following morning was spent packing up camp to move on, but we managed to squeeze in some swimming in Crummock Water and Dora threw some more stones into water!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Hi! I’m Helen, married to Jamie, we live in the Peak District and we have a daughter commonly known as Dora (the Explorer) and a dog called Bali who is usually found stealing food and shaking mud over the unsuspecting.
Favourite place in the world:
How can you pick just one place in the world?! We’ve been lucky to travel to many beautiful places, stand out favourites would have to include the mountains surrounding Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, sleeping under the stars in Bishop, California and closer to home it’s difficult to pick between the surf beaches in Pembrokeshire and Cornwall and the mountains in the Lake District, North Wales, or Scotland.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Walking with the dog in the hills, climbing, surfing, biking, swimming, running, kayaking – anything active really.