High Dam

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The Islands In The Mist. High Dam

High Dam. The Lake District


A short walk up from Finsthwaite following a track that zig-zags up to the tarn. At the top, you will reach a small tarn which is called Low Dam and then shortly after you will reach High Dam.

There’s a track that goes all the way around the water so you can do a circular walk and see something new the whole way around. If the water is still the surrounding trees reflect in the water giving some photographic opportunities.

The tarn was created and used to supply water to the turbines at Stott Park Bobbin Mill which is at the bottom of the hill near Lakeside. They produced wooden bobbins for the weaving and spinning industry.

Difficulty: Beginner

OS Map: South East
OS Grid Ref: SD 36309 88642
Latitude: 54° 17′ 21″ N
Longitude: 2° 58′ 47″ W

Best time of the day to go here: Just after sunrise or before sunset. Once the sun drops the trees around the tarn are just silhouettes

Best time of the year to visit: All year round. If you’re lucky in winter the tarn will freeze over.

Parking: There’s a carpark near Finsthwaite at the bottom of the path

Places close by: Gummers How, Windermere

Nearest town/village: Finsthwaite, Lakeside


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