photo of Brotherswaters lillies & pub
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General Description
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This water is renowned for its big trout. There is also a large expanse of "Alba" water Lilies in the southwest area of this lake, and a large reed forest along the southern shore.
It is also an SSSI site - Recreational Divers were not allowed in, when we last tried to obtain permission but please read on.

For those with other Interests
A great place for those who enjoy long walks up mountains and dropping into a friendly "local" Inn for refreshments (photo a).
For non diving family members, a last bastion of civilisation comes in the form of the Brotherswater Inn, or they can take a trek up the mountains or go up Kirkstone Pass itself where another pub awaits.

Places to Stay
Patterdale village offers accommodation in the form of the Patteredale hotel, but there are many places along Ullswater from Hotels, to camping.

How to get here
From Penrith, follow the A592 for Ullswater. Head south along the A592 and onto Ullswater. Stay on this road until you are passing along the lake and through Patterdale village - shortly after, you will come across the Brotherswater sign.

The lake can be seen clearly on your right before hitting Kirkstone Pass. There is a viewing stop at the summit, where rugged breathtaking beauty abounds all around you. Divers who are allowed to dive, should visit this spot PRIOR to diving Brotherswater - once you dive you can't go up to the top of this high mountain pass.
Detailed Information for Divers

Viewing Freshwater Life
Never dived because it is an SSSI site, but also a very shallow one, yet it is an altitude dive with relatively clear water and plenty to see if you can appreciate that this is a different environment from the sea and, provided that you have the correct credentials to dive here.

Main Attraction
Big brown trout and a profuse number of water lillies!
Map of Brotherswater click to dive Brotherswater
Clickable map! >
Property ownership / right of ways complicated - those with special interests in this water can contact National Trust.
Warden Permission Required.
Ramblers and fell walkers will have a wonderful day!
Who's the nearest for Dive Air?
Scottish Sub-Aqua Clubs:
Penrith Divers: Penrith based. Air compressor at Penrith.
Solway Sub-Aqua Club: Wigton based. Air compressor at Wigton.
West Lakes Sub-Aqua: Cockermouth based club. Air compressor sited at Cockermouth.
British Sub-Aqua Clubs:
West Cumbria: branch is based at Egremont.
Solway divers: branch is based at Whitehaven.
Kendal + Lakes: branch is based at Kendal Leisure Centre.
Altitude, Visibility, Temperature, Torches
Lake Altitude at 618 feet - or - 165 metres. with a maximum depth of 6.4 metres in this lake along it's central line continuing for some distance.
Divers should avoid the following roads: No diving in Brotherswater but, when diving in Ullswater - do not use the A5091 or A592 respectively after a dive, as this route takes you to 1286 feet above sea-level. Warning: after a dive in Ullswater - you must NOT under any circumstance use the Kirkstone Pass road it has a lethal altitude of 1702 feet.
During summer
Visibility: 4 metres but, will be variable according to rain fall, not so much by sunlight thanks to a good supply of cold mountain becks running into Brotherswater.
Temperature: no data.
During winter
Visibility: 6 metres.
Temperature: no data.
Torches: Not required. Very light and relatively clear due to it being shallow.
Thermoclines: No information.
If new to freshwater diving: fine, but no diving allowed.
Communication intel
phone icon Mobile phones do not work in the dive area. Do test your mobile for signal strength, you may be lucky with your service provider.
phone icon Public phones: at Brotherswater Inn
More useful Information for buddies
For the latest on the weather: "Scuba Weather Report"
For more air details see "Dive Clubs & Air".
Note: The above page's will remain open while you click to gather info.

Nearest toilet: Brotherswater Inn.
phone icon Reporting thefts or finds - Police: 0845 330 0247

Permission should be obtained from the National Park Authority warden for this lake. Warden is: Mark Astley. Tel: (01900) 85267

National Park Authority "Visitor centre contact listing"
NT Address:- National Trust HQ
The Hollens, Grasmere, Ambleside,
Cumbria, LA22 9SW. Tel: 015394 35599.
Or Email: enquiries(at)
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