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 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.
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