The stone bridge in Buttermere.
0.00km - Standing by the stone mill wheel on your left at the mill, go STRAIGHT ON up the rocky path and through the gate. BEAR RIGHT and continue a short distance up the hill before TURNING RIGHT through a wooden gate marked with a blue bridleway sign with the river below on your right.
0.50km - At the wooden gate carry STRAIGHT ON the stoney path over a stream and a number of fields going steadily uphill.
1.40km - At the last wooden gate, leave the fields for the open fell, going STRAIGHT ON crossing a small stream with stepping stones and following the piles of stones, (cairns) which mark the path. Scafell and Scafell Pike loom in the distance with Burnmoor Tarn coming into view. BEAR RIGHT downhill around the side of the Tarn.
3.50km - Cross the wooden footbridge and stepping stones at the head of the tarn and BEAR LEFT at the stone cairn, following the path over wet ground and another stream. Continue STRAIGHT ON uphill with the path becoming drier.
4.50km - Over the brow of the hill BEAR RIGHT keeping to the wide grassy track, gradually descending downhill with the mountains of Wast Water coming into view.
5.70km - Arriving at the gravel path by the stone wall and trees, TURN RIGHT downhill, passing ruined buildings,over a stone bridge and through a gate following the blue arrow signs.
7.00km - At the signpost TURN RIGHT towards Wastdale Head over the bridge and go STRAIGHT ON following the blue arrow signs along the lane and past the campsite.
7.50km - At the blue arrowed post BEAR LEFT over the gravel stream, marked by a stone cairn and carry STRAIGHT ON recrossing the stream by stepping stones.
8.10km - Go through the wooden gate and BEAR RIGHT on the tarmac road towards the Inn.
8.60km - Just before the shop TURN LEFT down the side of the Inn and BEAR RIGHT through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON. Do not cross the stone bridge but keep the river to your left.
8.90km - At the blue arrowed posr BEAR LEFT up the stony path,through the wooden gates,still following the blue arrows into a broad glaciated valley with the river on your left. Go STRAIGHT ON along the well defined path.
10.50km - Near the head of the valley go through the gate in the stone wall and ascend the grassy path, generally BEARING RIGHT to the gap in the ridge. Cross the river and continue STRAIGHT ON up the gravel path up to the summit ridge.
12.20km - Reaching the summit cairn go STRAIGHT ON descending steeply down a rocky path with the stream on your right.
13.30km - Cross over the footbridge and BEAR LEFT continuing past Black Sails Youth Hostel.
14.10km - Just before the wooden gate BEAR RIGHT up the rocky path to Scarth Gap, continuing STRAIGHT ON and descending steeply along the path with stone cairns to mark the way for nearly 2 kms. Buttermere comes into view.
16.00km - At the wooden gate and stile go STRAIGHT ON .
16.70km - At the footpath junction at the end of the fence line,BEAR RIGHT downhill towards the gate. On reaching the lower path TURN LEFT before the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON through the woods with the lake on your right for approximately 2.5kms.
19.20km - At the end of the wood, go through the gate and over the footbridges, continuing STRAIGHT ON along the gravel path into the village.
20.00km - Arriving at the stone bridge over the river opposite the hotel you have reached the end of your walk.