Buttermere

“The Lake by the Dairy Pastures “, Lake Buttermere is situated in the Lake District of Cumbria and near the head of the River Cocker. The village of Buttermere is at the north end of this lake, and it is also a part of the National Trust property, including the lake and Ennerdale.

There are many remains here of a pre-historic settlement and there are also remains of the Viking settlement which existed here in the 9th and 10th centuries. The church of this village pre-dates to 1848 and it has an organ which was built in 1820. The Bridge Inn was also formerly an 18th century coaching inn. With so many centuries of history behind it, this small village is a delightful place to visit and stay in.

You can go shopping in nearby Keswick and Cockermouth. In the latter town, the curio’s shop has over three floors of arts and crafts and gift ideas. They also have second-hand old books and antiques, and many other gifts from the past. There are also a wide range of smaller independent shops in both these villages.

In Cockermouth the Lakeland Wool and Sheep centre is a very interesting place to spend some time in. There are nineteen different varieties of live sheep here, and they also have the very popular One Man and his Dog show here. The Jennings Brewery, which was started in 1828 and moved here in 1878, has tours of it’s complex and a shop. There are also guided tours of the nearby Honister Slate Mine.