It was late September when I set off on a 3 day Hike to Fight Alzheimer’s and two night Lake District wild camping adventure in the mountains around Buttermere in the Lake District.
Lake District Wild Camping Video
The weather turned nasty on the second day and I had to cut my plans to hike 17 miles and 7000ft down to 13 miles and 5000ft.
Anyway, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I’m glad I did.
I was using my MLD Duomid again after it leaked on Red Pike.
I really hoped that I had seam-sealed it properly after following Tony Hobbs method.
It was fully tested on the second night in 50+ and mph winds and heavy rain and leaked again!
What a tough night that was.
The A-frame held its ground in formidable conditions. I clearly need lessons in seam sealing.
Otherwise, the MLD Duomid performed well in some very tough conditions and remains one of my favourite tents.
As a hypnotherapist, I know how important being in nature is. Hiking and wild camping gives me an opportunity to disconnect from my busy life and reconnect with what is important – inner peace.
Sitting on a mountain, listening to nothing more than the sound of the wind and the birds (and occasional sheep!) is good for the soul.
The Lake District Wild Camping video is part of the Wainwright Challenge to hike all 214 of the Wainwrights in the Lake District, England
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History and Geography of Buttermere
Nestled amidst the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District, Buttermere is a serene location that has been captivating the hearts of poets, painters, and wanderers for centuries.
Though the area is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours, such as Windermere and Keswick, Buttermere offers an authentic experience that’s rich in history and geographical splendour.
Historically, Buttermere was a secluded and agricultural area, settled primarily for its grazing lands. Sheep farming was a dominant occupation, and to this day, you’ll find Herdwick sheep grazing on the fells. This also influenced the local wool trade, which was essential to the region’s early economy.
The fells surrounding Buttermere include iconic peaks like Haystacks and Red Pike and are an ideal location to do a spot of Lake District Wild Camping.
Haystacks was a favourite of Alfred Wainwright, a British fellwalker who described it as a place of exceptional beauty.
On the northern side, you have the High Stile Range which is a favourite Lake District Wild Camping location, a ridge that offers breathtaking views of both Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Though it may be lesser-known compared to other locations in the Lake District, Buttermere has an undeniable rustic charm. Its unspoilt landscape and rich history make it a must-visit for anyone looking to connect with the natural world and take a step back in time.