Which way to High Dam?

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

Boardwalk ©HelenBushe

 

Still water

Still Waters ©HelenBushe

 

Narrow Bridge

Narrow Bridge ©HelenBushe

 

Reflections

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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