Crummock Water is a lake in the Lake District in Cumbria, North West England situated between Buttermere to the south and Loweswater to the north. Crummock Water is 2.5 miles long, 0.75 mile wide and 140 feet deep.
The hill of Mellbreak runs the full length of the lake on its western side; as Alfred Wainwright described it “no pairing of hill and lake in Lakeland have a closer partnership than these”.
The meaning of ‘Crummock’ seems to be Crooked one. This may refer to the winding course of the River Cocker, which flows out of the lake, or refer to the bending nature of the lake itself.
The steep slopes of Melbreak look down on Crummock Water’s western shore. There are low level walks around the lake, but to view it in all its glory, climb the slopes of Rannerdale Knotts to its summit (1160 feet).
Crummock Water is owned by the National Trust and, due to its less accessible location, it remains a quiet, peaceful spot. This tranquillity is preserved by a ban on water-sports, and although small boats are permitted they must be carried to the shore by hand.
Crummock Water is around twice as long as Buttermere and much deeper, and it is very easy to spend an entire day soaking up Crummock Water’s beauty by simply relaxing on the shores. However, most visitors who come here do so in order to walk the surrounding fells, which include, on the western shore, the impressive Red Pike; the eastern shore rises sharply to the summit of Grasmoor.