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 29th November 2020

We are pleased to announce that we shall be reopening the campsite as planned on Wednesday 2nd December. However, as we are now a Tier 2 ‘High Risk Area’ there are even more government rules and guidelines that we now have to follow. The restrictions particularly impact The Brotherswater Inn.

Unfortunately, we are still unable to accommodate guests who live in Tier 3 ‘Very High Risk’ areas as government guidance advises against travel for leisure. We are hoping that more areas will be moved out of Tier 3 when the rules are reviewed on the 16th December. If you have a booking and are at all concerned please do not hesitate to get in touch, and we will update you as best we can.

The Brotherswater Inn will reopen on Thursday 3rd December, but the festive season will be very different this year. The decorations are up but we can now only serve alcohol with a meal and there can be no households mixing indoors. Therefore, for the next couple of weeks opening times will be as follows:

Monday, Thursday & Friday 5pm – 10pm food served 5.30pm – 8pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm – 9pm soft drinks and hot drinks only (no food)

Saturday & Sunday 12 noon until 10pm food served 12 noon – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 8pm

The campsite shop will be open daily from 8am.

The relaxation in the rules for households meeting between the 23rd and 27th December does not apply to hospitality settings. We should be open over New Year but the new restrictions do regrettably make a celebration in the Brotherswater Inn impossible. We will be in touch with all existing bookings to explain the changes, but the 31st December will feel very much like what passes for a normal evening. Very sadly the ban on households mixing indoors, social distancing rules reducing capacity, restrictions on serving alcohol, and short notice cancellations due to guests having to isolate or being moved into Tier 3 has made it unfeasible to plan anything out of the ordinary. Remaining open at all is a challenge in itself.

Please be kind to staff and each other; we do not create the guidance and are doing our best to keep as many people as possible safe and happy. Fingers crossed that normality of some sort returns soon in the spring.

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 Opening Hours

Monday, Thursday & Friday 5pm – 10pm food served 5.30pm – 8pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm – 9pm soft drinks and hot drinks only (no food)

Saturday & Sunday 12 noon until 10pm food served 12 noon – 2.30pm and 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. Unfortunately due to a change in the law making table service mandatory, we are currently unable to serve food to tables outdoors. Food is still available to takeout.

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