St James Church, at the foot of Newlands pass, is famous for the memorial dedicated to Alfred Wainwright (1907 – 1991), author of the popular walking guided on the Lake District. Appropriately, it sits on the window that overlooks his favourite mountain, Haystacks.
A short walk from Buttermere is the highest waterfall in the Lake District, Scale Force. Hidden away in the tree-lined gorge up from the shores of Crummock Water, is the impressive single drop of 170ft. Along the edge of Crummock, mountains rise up, with Red Pike and High Stile to the south and Grasmoor towards the northern end.
Crummock Water has easy access to the Rannerdale valley. In early to mid-May, Rannerdale, also known as the hidden valley, turns a vibrant blue, covered in beautiful bluebells – a spectacular sight that shouldn’t be missed. It’s quite a rare in the Lake District, since they are on an open fell side, rather than amongst trees. The views are unbeatable, overlooking Crummock Water, up to Mellbreak and beyond.