Brothers Water

(See also Kirkstone Pass)

Brothers Water in early morning courtesy of Ann BowkerDorothy Wordsworth referred to Brothers Water as “...the glittering lively lake...”. It was mainly the setting with which she was enthralled. Today, the lake is not so popular, being shallow and full of reeds. In July water lilies are in bloom. Fishermen like the lake for its resident trout population.

Brothers Water and reeds courtesy of Ann BowkerIts name used to be Broad Water but apparently changed when, in the 19th century, two brothers drowned in the lake. A wooded walk skirts the western shore. From its northern end the walk leads to Patterdale. Southward it heads over Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside.

Hogget Gill gorge looking down to Dovedale and Brothers Water courtesy of Ann BowkerOn the western side of Brothers Water is Hartsop Hall. The 16th century building passed to Sir John Lowther in the 17th century. The village of Hartsop lies near the northeast corner of the lake. Brothers Water is classified two ways: as one of Lakeland's smallest lakes or one of its largest tarns.

Brothers Water is located at the northern end of Kirkstone Pass off the A592.

Brothers Water courtesy of Ann BowkerUnder the care of the National Trust

Photos courtesy of Ann Bowker

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