GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brothers Water Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

This small lake next to Hartsop village is perfect for a peaceful walk away from the Lake District's hot spots. Brothers Water lies at the northern end ofthe Kirkstone Pass, giving fabulous views on the descent towardsPatterdale. You start off at the car park at the northern end of the lake and follow the footpath around the lake which includes a gentle climb to Hartsop Hall. It's about a 2 mile walk which should suit most abilities.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb up to Angle Tarn and Hayeswater which can be easily reached from Hartsop.


CA11 0NZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brothers Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brothers Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The appropriately named Brotherswater Inn is located just to the south of the lake. The friendly inn does good food which you can enjoy outside with fine views of the surrounding fells. They also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub just south of the lake at postcode CA11 0NZ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The peaceful lake with its woodland trails makes for a very pleasant dog walk. The Brotherswater Inn mentioned above also welcomes dogs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The lake is located only a couple of miles south of Ullswater Lake. Here you can try the popular Glenridding to Aira Force Walk and visit a wonderful waterfall and woodland area. The Howtown to Glenridding Walk can also be picked up in nearby Glenridding. The easy trail follows the lakeshoreto Howtown Pier where the Ullswater Steamer boats dock.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.


Footpath, Brothers Water - - 75772

Footpath, Brothers Water. Looking north on the west side of the lake, towards the car-park by Hartsop. Taken in the spring of 2003.

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According to a legend it was named so because two brothers drowned there. The summit of Brock Crags in the distance on the right. On the left is the Angletarn Pikes and in the middle Lingy Crag.

Cow Bridge near Brothers Water - - 1321549

Cow Bridge near Brothers Water

Looking down Kirkstone Pass towards Brothers Water - - 549431

Looking down Kirkstone Pass towards Brothers Water

Lambing Time, Hartsop Hall, near Brothers Water - - 75770

Lambing Time, Hartsop Hall, near Brothers Water. This photo was taken on the path south of Brothers Water, near Hartsop Hall, with Hartsop Dodd in the background, to the east.

BrothersWater From Angletarn Pikes - - 217616

Brothers Water From Angletarn Pikes

Brothers Water, with Place Fell behind - - 249192

From the southern side with Place Fell in the background.

Southern Shore of Brotherswater - - 694364

Southern Shore. View across to the large intake fields at the foot of Hartsop Dodd.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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