Brothers Water

Brothers Water

Route: Brothers Water

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 17th  January 2020

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Cloudy, grey skies

I arrived in the east of the Lake District with two possible routes in mind. Plan A was to climb Angletarn Pikes, one of my favourite fells in the area, and Plan B was a lower level walk around Brothers Water in case of inclement weather. Although the weather wasn’t poor it was indifferent, with low light and featureless skies. I decided to save Plan A for tomorrow, when better weather is forecast (Postscript: this proved to be a good decision – click here to see why)

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

I parked at Cow Bridge car park and followed the beck for a short distance before reaching the shore of Brothers Water. This body of water may be regarded as one of the district’s smallest lakes or one of its largest tarns

After passing by the head of the lake I walked as far as ancient Hartsop Hall, and then headed over to the other side of the valley along a path directly adjacent to the hall. This is easily missed and not to be confused with a nearby path leading to the Kirkstone Pass. After walking through Sykeside campsite on the far side of the valley I joined a path just below the road. This took me back along the other shore of Brothers Water. At the foot of the lake I crossed the road and joined a path leading into the picture postcard village of Hartsop. 

After leaving Hartsop the path climbs up the fellside and along the feet of Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes. From this elevated path there are great views back to Brothers Water, across to surrounding fells, and into lovely Deepdale. This is a delightful part of the walk. I left the path to cross over Deepdale Bridge and back to the other side of the valley. There was a short road section, about 100 yards, before a path branched off to the right. This took me through Low Wood and back to the start. Despite the indifferent weather it had been an enjoyable walk

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