Bowderbeck is situated in the Buttermere valley, just outside Buttermere village in the North West corner of the Lake District National Park.
The nearest towns for groceries and supplies are Keswick and Cockermouth, 8-10 miles away.
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The name Buttermere means "the lake by the dairy pastures". Buttermere village lies on the flat, fertile land between two lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water which were originally one post-glacial lake and the land was created by the debris washed down from the surrounding hills. Buttermere lake is owned by The National Trust, and is 1½ miles long, ¾ mile wide and 75 feet deep.
The village is a five minute walk away, either down the road or across the fields, there are two pubs, a café and an ice-cream shop selling ice-cream made on the farm, using milk and cream from the resident herd of Ayrshire cows. There is also a Youth Hostel and a small church, St James' which is famous for the memorial to Alfred Wainwright as you can see his favourite mountain 'Haystacks' from the church window.
Once the home of Mary Robinson (the 'Maid of Buttermere' made famous by Sir Melvyn Bragg's book) the Fish Hotel offers real ale and a selection of bar meals.
Tel: 017687 70253
The Bridge has a bar offering bar meals, local specialities & real ale and a more formal restaurant.
Tel: 017687 70252