Easy Walk Around Brothers Water

Further Details

Route Summary:

An easy walk along one of the Lake District’s most scenic lakes.

Route Start Location: Cow Bridge car park - NY 403134

2.11 km 44 m an hour or so

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Glenridding has plenty of pubs, cafes and hotels, while there’s the  Brotherswater Inn halfway on this walk. There are no other facilities, though if you’re customers at the Sykeside Campsite then there are toilets there.


None to note – but the final section up to the pub is steep in comparison to the rest of the walk if accessibility is an issue.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : NY 403134

Cow Bridge car park

Public Transport:

The 508 bus serves Glenridding from Penrith all year round. During the summer, the 508 can get to Glenridding from Windermere via the Kirkstone Pass.

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Recommended Maps


Easy Walk Around Brothers Water Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Easy Walk Around Brothers Water

There are few lakes as scenic as Brothers Water in the Lake District. This easy Lake District walk along the shores of Brothers Water takes in the best of this picturesque Lakeland gem. Would be an ideal walk to start from either Sykeside campsite or the Brotherswater Inn. Brothers Water was once named Broad Water, but was renamed after two brothers drowned in the lake on New Year’s Day 1812 while skating on the frozen lake.

This easy walk starts from Cowbridge at the northern end of Brothers Water and sets off on a good, accessible track through woodland along the lake’s western shores. While there are obviously the views across Brothers Water to enjoy, there are views to the surrounding mountains to take in such as up Dovedale to Hart Crag and Hartsop Dodd to the other direction.

At Harsop Hall, the route heads across the valley towards the road and the Brotherswater Inn past Sykeside Campsite. Note that this final section to the pub is steep in comparison to the rest of the walk and needs to be considered if accessibility is an issue for your walking party.

If you enjoyed the first half of the walk, then the good news is that you get to enjoy the walk in the opposite direction in order to get back to the start. It can also be walked as a short linear walk if you’re looking for a shorter walk.

Easy Walk Around Brothers Water Route Description

More information and a full route description can be found on the Lake District National Park website – here.


Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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