Finsthwaite Heights & High Dam

  • Near Windermere lake
  • Secret tarns set in woodland
  • Open land near the Heights

Hidden away near Newby Bridge lies the lovely tarn of High Dam and the quiet village of Finsthwaite. High Dam supplied water to the Bobbin Mill at nearby Stott Park in the 1800s and is surrounded by a varied dense woodland of birch, larch, oak and Scots Pine. Away from the tarn the land opens out over Finsthwaite Heights and is a lovely area of hidden knolls and quiet natural tarns.

MAFF (Agricultural and Fisheries Gov Department) own some of the land to the west on this walk and have laid out a series of white tipped markers to follow, convenient and a bit of a challenge although I think it adds some interest to what is already a varied walk.

The Lake District National Park use this as a training ground for navigation, the area away from the tarns is excellent although the paricipants may get distracted by the impressive views over Coniston.


Do not be fooled by the ‘false’ Low Tarn before arriving at High Tarn.

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Finsthwaite and High Dam map

Finsthwaite and High Dam map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: SD 369882. There is a small car park up a lane heading towards High Dam at the northern end of Finsthwaite.
Height to Climb: 320m (1,050 feet)
Terrain: Easy around and above High Dam becoming rougher as the walk progresses.
Eating & Drinking: Short drive to Newby Bridge
Similar Walks Nearby: Gummer’s How near Newby Bridge
South Shores of Windermere
Woodland Fell and Beacon Tarn
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