High Dam – Finsthwaite:
High Dam is a picturesque tarn located above Finsthwaite at the southern end of Windermere.
The dam is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few. Additionally, the woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather.
The dam was built in the early 1800s to supply water to the local mill.
Stott Park Bobbin Mill is close by and provided wooden bobbins to the weaving and spinning industry.
In October 2021, this historic bobbin mill will mark its 50th year since closing as a commercial mill.
In its heyday up to a million bobbins a week were produced here until 1971.
To mark the 50th anniversary of its closure, English Heritage who manage the property will once again be running the iconic steam boiler over the celebratory weekend.
Visitors can watch the process of bobbin manufacture on restored lathes and saws’ powered by the steam engine installed around 1880.
Scott Park Bobbin Mill is the only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District and is open to the public for tours.