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!
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
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.
took in the top of Finsthwaite Heights before negotiating
a way to the High Dam.
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
returned via the Low Dam and into Finsthwaite to look
round its distinctive church, St Peter's.
across the fields and down through the woods to the
still closed for post flood refurbishments Swan Hotel.
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.
13th February 2010
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