Crummock Water

crummock water

Crummock Water

Crummock Water is situated in the North West of the National Park, around an hour’s drive from Skelwith Caravan Park. It is approximately 2.5 miles long by half a mile wide and flanked by beautiful scenery on all sides. From the Eastern shores you can enjoy picturesque views towards the Fells of Mellbreak and vistas of Grassmoor to the West. The surrounding landscape is rugged and free from commercialism, which in our opinion only adds to its charm.

Despite being one of the larger lakes in the area, Crummock Water it is often overshadowed by neighbouring Buttermere. This means it’s an excellent place to visit during the busy summer season if you’re looking to escape the crowds. There aren’t any shops or pubs in the immediate vicinity, so you’ll need to pack a picnic and bring your own supplies.

Lake District waterfalls

Crummock Water is fed by Scale Force – the tallest waterfall in The Lakes. At 170ft this impressive falls is well worth a visit, particularly after rainfall when the water thunders over rocky ledges above. It takes roughly 2 hours to walk there and back and there are various paths to follow. The walk can be tough going for younger members of the family, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning views!

Things to do at Crummock Water

Crummock Water is a wonderful place to enjoy some down time in the great outdoors. Watersports are not permitted on the lake, so you’ll enjoy peace and tranquillity as you relax on the shoreline. Sit back and relax as you soak up the scenery and listen to the birdsong. This area of The Lakes is a haven for wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled!

Circular walk

There is a circular walk around the lake, which offers fantastic views whatever the season. The path hugs the shoreline and is relatively flat – making it perfect for families with little legs to consider. The entire route takes around 8 miles and takes approximately 4 hours at a leisurely place. There are lots of places to stop and have a picnic, or a paddle if you’re feeling adventurous.


Fishing is a popular past time at Crummock Water. The lake holds a range of species, including trout, char, pike and perch. You can launch your own boat, though there is a 10-boat limit to preserve the tranquillity of the lake. There are no launching facilities, so you will need to bring your boat in by hand.

Boat and fishing permits are available to purchase from the National Trust Car Park machine in Buttermere (cash only).

Please note: motorised vessels are not permitted. There are a number of fishing restrictions in place which you must adhere to at all times. Please see the National Trust website for more information.

Wild swimming

Crummock Water is popular with wild swimmers looking to take a refreshing dip. We recommend heading to the slate boat house, where you’ll find a sheltered shingle beach perfect for entering the water and enjoying a bracing dip.

Hire a rowing boat

Rowing boats are available to hire if you fancy getting out on the water during your visit.

Getting to Crummock Water

It takes just over an hour to drive to Crummock Water from Skelwith caravan, glamping and holiday home park. We recommend parking at Scale Hill carpark and following the track through Lanthwaite Wood to the shoreline. From here you can explore the lake for a couple of hours, or longer if you wish.

Crummock Water is owned and managed by the National Trust, which means members can park free in the designated bays.

How to find Crummock Water

Opening times: Always open

Distance from park
32.8 miles (approx. 1 hour 6 mins)

Dog Friendly location Dog friendly