Buttermere, 2km long and just over ½ km wide, sits at the bottom of the Honister pass and is separated from Crummock water by a tiny spit of land that the village of Buttermere sits on.
Overlooked by Haystacks, Fleetwith Pike, Red Pike, and Robinson it is a gorgeous lake. Swimming is allowed - use a tow float for safety - and canoeing etc with a permit. Permits can be obtained from Dalegarth Guest house, 017677 70233.
The walk around the lake is beautiful and this is the start of the hike up Haystacks that was said to be Alfred Wainwright’s favourite. No sailing on this lake though fishing with a permit is allowed. You can also hire rowing boats from the campsite at Dalegarth to take a trip across or around the lake.