Sykeside FAQS

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our Yurts at Brotherswater can comfortably accommodate six people. Each has a double futon and four singles. During day the futons can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and pillow.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting. There’s also loads of things to do both in the surrounding area and beyond.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes the yurts are fully equipped with a 4 KW wood burning stove which will keep you all cosy and warm. We provide one large basket of seasoned hardwood, kindling, and firelighters upon arrival. Further baskets of wood/kindling are for sale on site.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst the Lake District weather can throw at it.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, pillow and duvets. We also provide an additional duvet, sheets and pillow for the fifth person should it be required.

Can we bring our pet?

Pets are welcome on all of our sites but I’m sorry but we do not allow pets inside the yurts. While we appreciate it is not for everyone previous guests have still brought their pet along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurts.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels.
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. The campsite reception in the farmyard will re-freeze your bricks for you for a small charge.
  • A torch – it can get pretty dark in the middle of nowhere.

In addition we advise you bring suitable clothes, footwear, blankets etc for all conditions, the Lake District can be somewhat un-predictable at the best of time.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the yurts do have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs and extra blankets just in case.
Where is the nearest food shop?

There is a Booths in Windermere 10 miles away; and Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and Booths in Penrith 18 miles away.

There is a well stocked shop located on site.

The shop is generally open every day from;

  • Monday – Thursday 8.30am until 6pm
  • Friday 8.30am until 9.30pm
  • Saturday 8am until 7.30pm
  • Sunday 8am until 6pm

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
The nearest great pub is right on site. It has an open fire, a great selection of local ales, good food and a cracking view from the terrace. Opening hours are;

  • open all day, everyday
  • breakfast from 8am until 9:30am
  • lunch from 12pm until 2pm (3pm weekends)
  • dinner from 6pm until 9pm (9:30pm Friday and Saturday nights)
  • wood-burning stove

Portions are generous and local produce is used where possible, always cooked on the premises by our resident chefs.

A full range of beers and lagers, including at least three well kept traditional ales, are available throughout the day. Also available are a wide range of whiskies for the connoisseur.

The Kirkstone Inn

Just a short drive away the Kirkstone Inn at 1500ft is the highest inhabited building in Cumbria. It boasts spectacular views, ‘mumsy’ homemade local dishes, an open log fire and invited you to enjoy the special atmosphere under it’s old oak beams.

Further afield, Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley bridge and Ambleside all a short drive away have a range of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest banks with cash machines are in Ambleside (NatWest, Barclays and HSBC). There is a cashback facility at the Spar in Ambleside.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Brotherswater is approximately 4 miles from Glenridding and 12 miles from Ambleside. Ambleside is the larger village and has much to offer in terms of shopping and eating out. It boasts a cinema and a museum (The Armitt Museum) and has a roman fort (Galava , NT).

Glenridding is a beautiful little village with a handful of shops, café, pubs and restaurants and is the jumping off point for those in search of some knife edge adventure on Striding Edge or for something more sedate a trip on the Ulswater Steamers across Ulswater.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

The Kirkstone Rambler runs past the site 3 times a day Saturday and Sundays from Easter to the End of October. It runs every day during the school summer holidays.

Where is the nearest Train Station?
The nearest Train Stations are in Windermere (10 miles) or Penrith (18 miles).

How safe is it to walk on the fells?

Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.

Where are some good walks for families?

There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. A short stroll around Brotherswater or a full day out hiking up Fairfeild, High Street or Hart Crag, there are many footpaths from the doorstep. Further afield take a short walk up to Aira Force or enjoy a beautiful day out walking along the shores of Ullswater or for those looking for a bit of adventure walk and scramble your way up the famous Striding Edge to the top of Helvellyn. Easy or adventurous and everything in between, there is a walk for everyone in this part of the Lakes.

A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer to www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk for further ideas and advice or www.lakedistrictwalks.com Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops around the area or ordered by post by calling Ambleside Tourist Information Centre on 015394 32582. Campsite staff will also be more than happy to offer any advice they can.

Can we go fishing nearby?

Yes fishing is available in Brotherswater just down the road

There are many other fishing locations nearby including lakes, rivers and tarns. Further information available at www.lakedistrictfishing.net. There is also trout fishing at nearby Esthwaite Water (permit available on site).

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes washing machines and dryers are available on site.

What places are there to visit nearby?

A stones throw from the site is Glenridding, Patterdale, Pooley Bridge and the stunning Ullswater. Climb the famous striding edge to the top of Helvellyn, visit Aira Force or enjoy an afternoon tea in one of the many cafes, there is so much to see and do without ever leaving the valley. Further afield and over the Kirkstone pass lies Ambleside and access to the southern Lakes.

Also available a short drive away are an array of outdoor activities. Why not try moonlit canoeing, stand up paddle boarding or make a full day of it for a peddle and paddle adventure? Also available to book with your stay are all manner of Bushcraft experiences as well as some more traditional outdoor activities such as gorge scrambling and rock climbing. Adventure awaits, seize the day. See our THINGS TO DO page for more information and booking.

Which is the nearest lake?

Brotherswater is situated on within a stones throw of Brotherswater and within a couple of miles of the beautiful Ulswater. The site is also a short drive to many other lakes and tarns such as Windermere and Coniston Water.