Surrounded by oak woods the quiet beauty of the High Dam Reservoir, and the smaller Low Dam beneath, now masks their industrial heritage. Back in the 1830’s water from here drove the 32ft diameter water wheel that powered the Stott Park Bobbin Mill making wooden bobbins for the Lancashire Cotton trade. The mill is now an attractive museum.
TIME: 1 hour.
DIFFICULTY: Easy, on paths and stony track. Overall there is 140m of ascent.
START & FINISH: High Dam Car Park just above the Finsthwaite Road (369 882).
MAPS: OS L97 or OL7.
HOSTELRIES: Non en-route, nearest are Lakeside Pier Café and Newby Bridge Hotel.