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Walking Guide: High Dam from Stott Park Bobbin Mill

The Lake District is renowned for walking - but if you don't fancy tackling a fell, this circular walk around Stott Park Bobbin Mill at the southern end of Windermere is a perfect choice.

High Dam was built in the 1800s to help provide water power to Stott Park Bobbin Mill, before the site was converted to use electricity in 1941. We've started the walk from Lakeside dock with the option to add on a detour up to Stott Park Heights for a view over Windermere and famous peaks in central Lakeland.

Views from this walk


 The Route

StartLakeside Terminus

This walk description starts (and ends) at Lakeside on Windermere, if you've arrived by boat. However, you can start from Stott Park Bobbin Mill itself and walk up to around High Dam. 

Leave the Lakeside carpark past the Lakeside Hotel and turn right onto the road. Follow the road for approximately 300 metres, until you can turn into the woods on the left hand side and walk parallel to the road. There is no pavement, so take care and watch for traffic.

500 Metres / 0.3 MilesInto the Woods

When you reach a small carpark, just before a guesthouse called The Knoll, turn left at the public footpath sign and follow the bridlepath up the hill.

You'll come to two places where the path forks - keep right both times.

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