Great Little Walks



GLW100213: Finsthwaite

13th February 2010

It's many a long year since we last visited the high dam at Finsthwaite.  It would have been when the children were quite young.  We vaguely remember two visits, the first successful, the second more of a bore, a long climb through woods with little to see before reaching a misty pond!

In order to make it a reasonable length walk for unencumbered adults, we started from Newby Bridge, parking by the railway halt and taking the bridle path over to Finsthwaite Hall.

Before reaching the village we headed up the hill using a poorly marked MAFF permissive footpath, stopping for lunch to enjoy the views over Finsthwaite to Gummers How.  

We took in the top of Finsthwaite Heights before negotiating a way to the High Dam.  

It is a large tarn, a little reminiscent of Tarn Hows but surrounded with thinly planted deciduous trees.  There were quite a few folk up there with their children or grandchildren.

We returned via the Low Dam and into Finsthwaite to look round its distinctive church, St Peter's.  

Then across the fields and down through the woods to the still closed for post flood refurbishments Swan Hotel.

This is a definitely a great little walk but much better in the winter when progress up the Heights is not impeded by bracken and the view of the tarn is unimpeded by leaves.  And a great place to bring young children to run round in the woods.

Don, 13th February 2010



13th February 2010


5.0 miles

Height climbed:

896 feet

Key Features:

Finsthwaite heights, High Dam, Low Dam


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