High Dam Walk, Finsthwaite – The Lake District
High Dam Walk, April 2016
Nearest Postcode: LA12 8BJ
Car Park: lies to the west of the foot of Windermere, north of Finsthwaite village. Approx £2.20 for 2 hours (However the machine wasn’t in use when we went – bonus!) The charges go towards the National Park.
High Dam is a pretty little tarn near the village of Finsthwaite and is at the southern end of Windermere not far from Newby Bridge. A great walk throughout the seasons, I enjoyed this walk in the early spring with the daffodils in bloom, it is also surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches etc…
On route you will come across the first tarn not long into the walk, then the path continues to the larger tarn. The Tarn was built in the 1800’s into the two dams to power a 32 feet water wheel at the bobbin mill, which at one time employed as many as 250 workers.
The reflections on the water, on a good day, really capture your eye as you walk round. There’s some great views as you stroll round and when I went there wasn’t too many people, just the odd couple walking the dog so its a peaceful place most of the way round. Its a brilliant place for families to get out and about to and also for the dog lovers, its a nice circular route.