View of Brotherswater close to the camp site


Sykeside camp site and the Brotherswater Inn benefit from a central location in the Lake District and have a wealth of activities within easy reach.


Ospreys can be seen at Bassenthwaite near Keswick (about 30 mins drive). 

Outdoor activities

Ullswater Kayak Tours

Tall Bloke Adventures Ullswater is quite rightly considered by many to be the most beautiful of the big lakes. It features islands, bays & beaches, and lots of scenery. The ethos on the trips is always the same. Enjoy the scenery, have a chat, pass on a bit of knowledge and learn from people looking for a similar experience. There’s no set route, that will depend on conditions and group ability. We use Double ( Tandem ) Sea Kayaks for maximum comfort and stability.

River Deep Mountain High are an outdoor company who specialize in tailor made activity days and packages. They are mobile so most of their activities can be done at any suitable venue in the Lakes. Visit their web site to check online availability. Tel: 015395 28666

Boat trips

Coniston Launches offer boat trips on Coniston Water (30 mins drive).

The Keswick Launch company offers boat trips on Derwentwater from Keswick (30 mins drive). Tel: 01768 772263.

Ullswater Steamers offer boat trips all year round from Glenridding (10 mins drive). Tel: 01768 482229.

Windermere Lake Cruises (20 mins drive). Tel: 01539 443360.


See the Mountain Bike Cumbria site for ideas of mountain biking routes, shops and other information.

Sailing and canoeing

Glenridding Sailing School (10 mins drive). Offers a range of sailing tuition and boat hire. Tel: 01768 482541.

Tennis Courts

Available to hire in Patterdale (10 mins drive) see for more information. 


There are about 30 walks starting from Sykeside itself from a leisurely stroll round Brotherswater for all the family, to the more challenging walks that take you over some of the spectacular fells that surround the site.

Aira Force (15 mins drive) is popular with many visitors to the Lakes.

Here are directions for three walks that start from the site:

Another good resource is which has loads of walks to download and print for free. Ullswater and Hartsop are the local walks to us. 

Places to visit

Castlerigg Stone Circle (30 mins drive).

Dalemain House and Gardens (20 mins drive). Tel: 01768 486450

Keswick Theatre (30 mins drive). Tel: 01768 774411

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (30 mins drive). Tel: 01539 531594

Rheged (25 mins drive) - giant screen movies about Cumbria, Everest and Shackleton, the National Mountaineering Exhibition - and a ball-pool for children. Tel: 01768 868000

The Lakes Distillery (60 mins drive) - the largest distillery in England, producing award winning, world class spirits. Surrounded by the beautiful Cumbrian fells, the distillery offers visually stunning and educational distillery tours, with an onsite gift shop and the increasingly popular Bistro at the Distillery, available for light lunches and evening meals

Other accommodation near by

Hartsop Hall Cottages. The Hartsop Hall Estate, including Hartsop Hall Cottages, is situated in the midst of some of the most majestic fells in the Lake District, at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass, close to Brotherswater, Patterdale and Ullswater.

Established in 2012, South Lakes Motorhome Hire offer 5 Star Luxury Motorhome Hire.We’re based in Barrow in Furness “Where the Lakes meet the Sea” so ideally placed for a seaside holiday or adventure around the Lakes. Family owned and run we think we know what makes a great holiday and we’re happy to offer the kind of personalised service that will ensure your holiday is a memorable one for all the right reasons. We’re family & pet friendly and our vehicles can accommodate up to 6 people.

Contact: Sam & Adam Email Call 01229 440113 Whatsapp 07980382599

Stay in the Lake District offers a superb selection of self catering holiday cottages throughout the Lake District & Cumbria Information and reservations for hotels in Ambleside and the surrounding area with a search facility and instant online booking

More information

If you need more ideas or information, try the Tourist Information Centre in Glenridding 01768 482414.

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Caudale Beck walk from Sykeside

Distance: 3.5 kilometres Approx. time needed: approx 1.5 hrs

From the car park afore the Brotherswater Inn, walk across the road (the Kirkstone Pass) to the gate. From the gate head for the post with the white footpath sign, then pass through the wall with break in it, following the footpath keeping the road on your right-hand side.

Travel over the new footbridge over the stream, go through the gate up and over to the second gate to the bus stop. Following this, cross over the road, turn left and walk a short distance on the right side of the road until you reach the foot path sign on the right.

From here, go through the gate following the footpath signs ahead.

Now, keep the wall to your right and the footpath to your left, and shortly you will cross over a flat bridge then slightly right over the next footbridge. From here, head towards the gate, then turn right towards the next footbridge. Once across the bridge, the footpath bears left past a broken tree and bends right from here in the direction of Brotherswater. The footpath will take you past a large rock; keep to the left of this with the stream to your right. You will pass a stone building on your right; look for the gate and, once through the gate, head towards the footbridge, then towards Hartsop Hall and Farm.

Once at Hartsop Hall, turn right along the path through the farmland towards Sykeside, ending at the bottom of campsite.

Dove Crag from Sykeside

Distance: 6 -8 kilometers (depending on route) Total ascent: 802 meters Approx. time needed: 4 - 5 hrs

This walk is suitable for the averagely fit walker and older children. We advise that you wear walking boots, take a map and compass, plenty of water, a snack and waterproofs in case the weather changes. Mobile phones will work at the top of the crag and can be useful in an emergency.

After walking down through the campsite head Hartsop Hall. Here bear left and follow the path ahead until it forks. Take the right side of the fork which is a well trodden stony path rising gently along the valley wall to the foot of Dove Crag. Along the way you will see the remains of old lead mines and quarries. A zig zag path of scree steeply ascends the gully at the foot of Dove Crag to reach Houndshope Cove. Follow the path ahead of you which bears slightly left as you pass around the bulk of Dove Crag. Look towards the crag face as you pass and see if you can spot the Priest’s Hole. This is a cave where wild campers’ torches can be seen glowing at night from the campsite. If you are brave enough to enter be sure to sign the visitor’s book found inside. Carry walking along the main path until you reach a collapsed wall and turn left to reach the top of Dove Crag. Once here enjoy far reaching views over Windermere to the coast, over to the Fairfield range, over to Helvellyn and beyond as well as over the High Street range. From Dove Crag there are several variations for a descent. For example there:

  1. By a direct route to the campsite by retracing your steps.
  2. By retracing your steps as far as Houndshope Cove and following the path in front of you over the undulating ridge running parallel to Brotherswater. Pass through trees to reach a stile at Deepdale bridge. Cross the stile and turn right to follow the road back to Cow Bridge car park. Take the footpath signposted Hartsop Hall and from there retrace your steps to the campsite.
  3. From the summit of Dove Crag continue along the ridge following the wall until you meet the fence line. Turn left along here to reach the Scandale Pass path and then turn left to descend Caiston Glen following the path beside the beck until Hartsop Hall comes into sight. Follow the path turning right at Hartsop Hall to reach the campsite.
  4. As above but turn off left from the path before it descends to Scandale Pass heading firstly over Little Hart Crag and then down the steep sided High Hartsop Dodd. At the bottom follow the path ahead to reach Hartsop Hall. Turn right for the campsite.