Low and High Dam, Finsthwaite

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 that we spotted. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather.

Anyone who walks in the hills and mountains will be familiar with the concept of 'false summits'. Here we have a false tarn. Just before reaching High Dam there is the far smaller body of water of Low Dam.

As well as the nearby bobbin mill, at Lakeside there some popular attractions. The Lakes Aquarium and Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway.

There is a Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park amongst the trees in Bell Intake, Finsthwaite.