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

Covid-19 Update 6th January 2021

Following the implementation of a new national lockdown at 00.01am on Wednesday 6th January we remain temporarily closed. Currently we are taking bookings from the 1st of March onwards; however this date will be kept under review. If you have a booking in the meantime we will be in touch, but if you do have any concerns please don’t hesitate to email (or leave us a message on 017684 82239).

We don’t yet know when lockdown is likely to end. The current timetable we have been given indicates that schools will look to return after February half-term, and previous experience has taught us that non-essential shops then follow with hospitality among the last sectors to be given the go-ahead. Therefore it could be Easter or even later before we are allowed to welcome our next guests to stay. Along with everyone else this is not how we envisioned the start to 2021. 

We will survive this lockdown, and will spend our time doing all we can to keep Sykeside in tip-top condition. When we do re-open we expect social distancing to be still in place, and sadly without some of our facilities. With such uncertainty about the future The Barn End Bar remains closed indefinitely and it is likely The Brotherswater Inn will open with limited hours. The quietest December ever has shown us what we suspected, the costs of running a pub with so few customers doesn’t add up. Caution will be the watchword, but as soon as we are busy enough hours will be extended again. We would expect the campsite and shop to be open full time (with limited occupancy to ensure social distancing again) from the get-go. 

Thank you very, very much for all the lovely messages, and for all your support both this last year and on-going. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, patience and understanding shown to us as a small family business navigating the almost constant uncertainty. Stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you as soon as we are able.

Ian, Lucy and the rest of the Sykeside Team

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 resturant 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.


The Brotherswater Inn and Sykeside Camping Park are certified as 'We're Good To Go Covid Secure' by Visit England. For more information about our COVID-19 procedures and restrictions on camping and at the Inn please email


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.

Brotherswater Inn Festive Opening Hours

Monday 21st – Friday 25th December: Closed

Saturday 26th December until Sunday 3rd January: 12 noon – 10pm*

Food served 12 noon – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8pm 

Bookings taken for tables indoors, please call 017684 82239 (press option 1 for reception). Tier 2 restrictions apply, alcohol can only be served with a meal, only occupants from the same household may share a table, and the 'rule of 6' applies outdoors. Table service only. Food is still available to takeout.

*Hours may change due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Long Valley Luxury Yurts

We have teamed up with the lovely folks at Long Valley Yurts to bring you 2 beautiful yurts in a truly stunning location. With wood burning stoves, comfortable beds, feather duvets, solar lighting and views direct from the door as well as a whole host of other home comforts it really is luxury camping.

Only two Yurts available to book from March – November, click here for more information.

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Nomad Events Tipi

Fancy camping but don't fancy struggling to set up a tent when you arrive? Hire one of Nomad's Native American Tipis and they'll set it up ready for your arrival. At the end of your tipi camping adventure, there's no need to worry about dismantling the tipi either, as they'll take care of that for you, too! Click here to read more...