Yes there is a tea room next to the National Trust car park. The web site confirms it is open from dawn to dusk.
As soon as I posted I had the awful feeling that "Google is your friend." :-(
Thanks for the information--and for not pointing that out! I'll now head for the website. . .
Enjoy your walk!
You might see one there are some in the area
Frankly, I wasn't expecting the chance of a snowball in Hades, but I'll keep my eyes peeled! Unfortunately my itinerary is fixed and my time limited, but one can live in hope. Not that I'm a huge squirrel fancier--we have plenty of the gray variety where I live--but I know they're now quite rare and it would be something of a treat to see them.
I've seen them around the Buttermere area too. Sadly the last one I saw motionless at the side of the road just past the NT car park had probably been run over :(.
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