Brothers Water

Route: Brothers Water

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 23rd January 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Cloudy, increasingly frequent and heavy showers of rain and hail

Brothers Water is one of the less well known lakes in the district, but is well worth a visit. The lake was once known as Broad Water but was renamed in the 19th century after two brothers drowned in it

We parked at Cow Bridge car park and followed the beck for a short distance before reaching the shore of Brothers Water. This may be regarded as one of the district’s smallest lakes or one of its largest tarns, according to your preference. However you define it, it’s beautiful

We walked as far as Hartsop Hall before heading over to the other side of the valley and walking into the picture postcard village of Hartsop. The path to Hartsop is alongside a dry stone wall just below the road leading to the Kirkstone Pass

After leaving Hartsop the path climbed up the fellside giving us great views back to Brothers Water and the surrounding fells. This was a delightful part of the walk, although spoilt by bad weather, and we endured heavy rain and hail for the remainder of the walk. We shortened the return leg back to the start by using a farm track and walking along the roadside as we were drenched by this stage. The route map shows the preferred route rather than the one we took today

Although the weather hadn’t been on our side it had been an enjoyable walk all the same

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