Which way to High Dam from the village of Finsthwaite? This map on a notice board at the start of the walk helped:

High Dam Walk Map

High Dam Walk Map ©Ordnance Survey Maps

High Dam is a picturesque tarn near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather. – Walk Lakes website

The 19th century Bobbin Mill was well worth a visit. I’d never considered the provenance all the wooden bobbins used in the once-thriving spinning and weaving industry in Lancashire and Yorkshire……but that’s for another post…….

…….for now it’s onwards and upwards with our walk to High Dam.

These pictures are in approximately the right order and were all taken on the way up. When we got to the furthest-most point of our circular walk at the top of the little hill we had a well-earned rest, whilst basking in autumn sunshine. Then the sky clouded over so I put away the iPhone and just used my eyes to enjoy the scenery on the way back.


Dry Stone Walls

Dry Stone Walls ©HelenBushe



Boardwalk ©HelenBushe


Still water

Still Waters ©HelenBushe


Narrow Bridge

Narrow Bridge ©HelenBushe



Reflections ©HelenBushe


A New Bridge

A New Bridge ©HelenBushe



Our Path

Our Path ©HelenBushe


Autumn Sunshine

Enjoying Autumn Sunshine ©SHW


The View from the Top

The View from the Top ©HelenBushe  


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Bren · 13 December 2016 at 18:09

What a lovely walk.. my ideal landscape setting.

    HMB · 13 December 2016 at 18:27

    Thanks Bren.

Amy · 7 November 2016 at 23:40

Thank you for the beautiful tour, Helen! 🙂

    HMB · 21 November 2016 at 19:19

    Thanks Amy. Glad you enjoyed.

Laurie Graves · 7 November 2016 at 14:19

What a beautiful walk!

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