Guarded by the Majestic Hartsop Dodd, Brothers Water is the starting point for this walk that will take you from the valley floor, up past some beautiful waterfalls to be within sight of the imposing Dove Crag. Leaving the car park walk through the gate and follow the path with Brothers Water on your left. Soon you will pass Hartsop Hall a good example of a traditional Lakeland Hill farm that was built in the late 16th Century and is looked after by the National Trust.
Going past the Hall continue along the valley floor, you will eventually come to a bridge. From here the path will start to climb uphill with the waterfalls soon visible. In the summer there are numerous spots along the river that would be nice for a picnic with opportunities to dip your toes into the clear water. In the autumn meanwhile the trees provide a blanket of beautiful colours.
Continuing further up you will come across another bridge that crosses the beck once more. Looking up the valley Dove Crag is now clearly in view dominating the head of the valley. Once over the bridge there is the option of carrying on up Dovedale where you could search for the Priest Hole, or you can follow an alternative path back down to Brothers water. Following this path you will pass some old lead mines. Soon after the mines you will be back on the track that you can follow back to the car park at Cow Bridge, or you could divert to the pub at Sykeside!
The guidelines given above are a brief outline of the route. A map should be used together with the instructions above to ensure the route is clear.
The path along Brothers Water is classed as an access for all path, and as such is suitable for those with limited mobility, wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Having travelled the world I am yet to find anywhere that holds my attention like the Lake District. Such a beautiful, interesting and diverse landscape I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of a team that works in this special upland area.