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Frozen High Dam Finsthwaite.

February 15, 2010

Visitors for the weekend and a dismal Lake District day, what to do?. Decided to take a walk up to High Dam at Finsthwaite. Despite it being Valentines Day and Schools half term holiday it is usually a good bet that the crowds won’t have descended there.

Down to Bilbo’s in Ambleside for a full English breakfast first. The cafe is situated above the Lakes Runner shop at Cheapside and is a little haven from the usual Costa Coffee type multiples. They are also happy for you to arrive in muddy boots and wet clothing unlike some other local establishments! A pint of fresh brewed coffee for £1.50 bargain.

Walked back up by Stockghyll Falls to get the car and spotted a heron sitting happily in the river with lots of folk walking past and not noticing.

Heron in the river at Stockghyll Ambleside

Anyway on to High Dam at Finsthwaite, and as hoped not too many cars and just a few dog walkers about. Was very surprised that the dam was still frozen.

Partly frozen High Dam, Finsthwaite

It is always a lovely place to visit at any time of year, my friend remarked on how peaceful it was. As I always say, there is always somewhere in the Lakes that you can escape the crowds even in school holidays.

Frozen High Dam Finsthwaite

Walked all the way round the dam, despite being a drizzly day it was still an enjoyable walk. Coffee was needed so drove back through Grizedale Forest and stopped at the visitor centre and had a browse in the shop. Seemed to be a lot of people enjoying the Go Ape attraction zipping through the trees. Noticed the big wooden axe sculpture which greets you as you arrive seems to have lost his head since the last time we were there, hopefully it will be replaced.

One Comment
  1. artmar permalink

    I like the photographs of peaceful High Dam, Finsthwaite. The water looks so still where hardly a sound could be heard. Must be a lovely place to visit in late spring where I am sure there will be an abundance of shades and tones of green.

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