View of Brotherswater close to the camp site
  • Camping and caravans

    Camping and caravans

  • Or stay in pub or bunkhouse

    Or stay in pub or bunkhouse

  • Superb food in traditional pub

    Superb food in traditional pub

  • All in a stunning location

    All in a stunning location

Lake District Camping and Pub

In the heart of the Dovedale Valley, surrounded by Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield with Brotherswater nearby, Sykeside is an inspiring location for Lake District camping, offering stunning views wherever you pitch.

We are the perfect spot for walking, whether you fancy a short stroll around Brotherswater or a full day's hike up High Street, as many footpaths leave right from our doorstep. Our central location makes us ideal for exploring the Lake District and Cumbria, whether it be on foot or by car. Alternatively, for those who wish to relax, why not sample a pint or two of local ale at the Brotherswater Inn whilst enjoying the stunning views of Dove Crag.

For brave campers we are open all year round (with the exception of the Christmas period) in all weathers, so why not join us for a spot of ice-climbing or winter walking, or perhaps just relaxing by the fire in the pub!

We are dog friendly, so anyone with four legs is very welcome in the bunkhouse, on the campsite, in the bar and restaurant and in the shop. We do, however, ask that dogs are kept on a lead and under control as the local sheep and deer are a little more nervous than ourselves.

*Kirkstone Pass Closures - Affecting bookings from the south in April 2024*

The A592 the Kirkstone Pass will be closed from just south of The Brotherswater Inn to Troutbeck near Windermere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from 6am Tuesday the 16th of April for 2 weeks, reopening Wednesday 1st May. There will also be a further 2 to 3 week closure later in the year but the dates have yet to be decided.

This will mean that during the closure the only access to the campsite and Inn will be from the north (Patterdale direction).
If you are travelling to the campsite from the south follow the M6 to junction 40, then take the A66 westward towards Keswick. After a quarter of a mile turn left on to the A592 to Ullswater, following the road for approximately six miles in the direction of Windermere and Kirkstone Pass. The entrance to the camp site is approximately three miles beyond Patterdale on the right-hand side of the road (look for The Brotherswater Inn at the entrance). The diversion route via the A591, A66 and A5092 is shown on the map below. The route via the A roads or the M6 is likely to add about 45 minutes to your journey from the south so please allow extra time. 

Unfortunately, we have no influence over when or how the roadworks take place. We, too, are very frustrated and upset by the Council’s decision to fully close the road, especially after enduring several months of disruption due to closures since September 2022. If you need any advice or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 017684 82239 or via and we will do our best to help. For more details please visit

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Brotherswater Inn Winter Opening Hours

·  Monday to Friday 4pm until 10pm, food served 5.30pm until 8pm

·  Saturdays and Sundays - 12 noon until 10pm, food served 12 noon until 2pm and 5.30pm until 8pm

Lunch is first come first served, but booking is essential for dinner. To book please call 017684 82239 or email If you would like to view a dinner menu please click here or for a lunch menu click here.


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Broadband is now available free of charge at The Brotherswater Inn and campsite shop. Please ask at the bar or at the campsite shop/reception if you would like to login.