High Dam:

High Dam is a picturesque tarn that is a real hidden gem here in the Lake District. The walk can be found near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Lake Windermere.

There are two pay & display car parks very close to the start of this walk, both are managed by the Lake District National Park. Postcode: LA12 8BL. The first car park, which is where we parked for todays walk, is at the bottom of the hill nestled amongst the trees in Bell Intake, Finsthwaite.

An alternative place to park can be found as you head up the hill, as you reach the end of the road you will see the car park. From this car park there is a footpath that marks the beginning of the walk.

Please note you could also visit Stott Park Bobbin Mill whilst visiting this area, whilst we are yet to enjoy this English Heritage site we have heard wonderful things about it and plan to visit this Summer.

Car park 1 at the bottom of the hill, postcode LA12 8BL.

Car park 2 can be found at the very top of the hill, this photo marks the beginning of the walk.

Wide, open paths to mark the beginning of the trail.

Low Dam


For todays walk we decided to park at the first car park, sadly the ice cream cart was closed when we arrived! As you leave this car park turn right and head up the short, steep hill. Be careful as this is the only section of the walk that is carried out on a road, albeit a very quiet road.

As you reach the end of the road you will see the second car park. Here you will see a footpath, this marks the start of the walk. The route takes you through beautiful woodland and the path is clearly marked.

You soon come to Low Dam, the smaller of the two tarns. It felt so serene and peaceful when we visited, we didn’t see another soul! On reaching Low Dam the walk then continues up to High Dam. The route itself is self explanatory- the key is to not cross over Finsthwaite Beck, as long as you keep the Beck on your left hand side, as you climb up, you are heading in the right direction.

Shortly after reaching Low Dam you will meet High Dam, the photos below show our circular, clockwise walk around this Dam. The route was 2 miles in distance and whilst the climb up to High Dan was slightly strenuous, the circular walk is flat and the path well maintained.

This really is a wonderful walk to do with children, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for a paddle and lots to explore on the woodlands. We came across many benches, fallen trees to explore and tree swings to enjoy!

This will be a fabulous walk in the summer months!

hiking household