NYE Hike at Buttermere, the Lake District
It’s no secret that I’m a serial planner. I’m always the one who researches and plans pretty much anything I do. And I love it! But I also don’t want to be one of those annoying/controlling friends who doesn’t let others have a look in. Therefore, before coming away, I informed the others that I would not be making a plan for this trip and would leave it up to them. It didn’t stop me from Pinteresting and researching the hell out of nearby hot spots beforehand though! Which was just as well, because when Jodie and Carl were unable to make it, Dave and I had an idea of things to do.
One of those ‘I’d absolutely love to do if we get the chance and wouldn’t it be great if the others had found it too’ places was Lake Buttermere. New Year’s Eve was our last opportunity to go – we definitely didn’t want to do a big hike with a New Year’s hangover! Having had no news from our friends by mid-morning, we decided to leave the key in the lockbox at the lodge and headed for Buttermere.
The route alone was gorgeous! Long, winding roads nestled beside lakes or between mountains…it definitely helped the hour journey go that bit quicker!
As soon as we arrived in to Buttermere, I knew this trek was going to be an amazing one. We followed other walkers and soon found ourselves faced with the expanse of water.
The trail itself is a relatively easy one, mostly flat and completely circles Lake Buttermere. Although at 5 miles – roughly 12,000 steps – it definitely feels like a decent hike!
We made our way along the water’s edge, admiring the outstanding views as we went. We also spotted two Red-breasted Mergansers bobbing along on the surface. It was all incredibly idyllic.
As we made it further round, the views became even more impressive. With mountains, waterfalls, the lake itself…it looked like something out of a ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Harry Potter’ film!
We rambled our way around the loop and started to head back towards the village. Not before facing herd of dozing and docile sheep! Back at the village, we celebrated yet another walking achievement with a drink at The Fish Inn.
On the way back home, we drove – without even realising – along the Honnister Pass. It was another very impressive road and Dave had good fun driving!
As we’re in our late twenties, the idea of going out on New Year’s Eve was not one that appealed. Especially as we’d had confirmation that Jodie and Carl were definitely not coming up. Instead, Dave and I enjoyed a more civilised evening in the lodge.
As soon as we arrived ‘home’, we dove straight in to the hot tub which was brilliant at relieving sore muscles! Then we ate our way through an array of tasty treats and sipped on bubbles and beer, whilst watching more ‘You’.
Like last year, midnight was seen in from the comfort of the hot tub. This time, there were even some fireworks. It was lovely! As our skin turned prune-like, we headed back inside to get cosy in pyjamas and went to bed. It was a brilliant night welcoming in the New Year. I’ve mentioned this before but I feel so very lucky and grateful to have such a great person in my life – even if he doesn’t like to be as adventurous as me! – to share moments like these with!
I hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve too and may you have a wonderful and prosperous 2019!