Bluebells at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Exhibitionin the old Coppice Barn at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
High Dam in Cumbria - the reservoir which was built to provide power to Stott Park Bobbin Mill

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.

DISTANCEUp to 6miles/10km. Lakeside to Stott Park Bobbin Mill, 1.5miles/2.4km (linear). Stott Park Bobbin Mill and around High Dam, 2.25miles/3.6km (circular) – extension to Stott Park Heights View Point is an extra 1.5miles/2.4km.
TERRAINMostly woodland paths. Some of the route is along narrow, winding country roads. Please take extra care on these sections.
TRANSPORTWindermere Cruises dock at Lakeside from Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness if you’re coming without a car – check sailings to ensure you have plenty of time to complete your walk. Alternatively, park at Stott Park Bobbin Mill for the walk up to/around High Dam.
FOOD & DRINKWe would suggest bringing a picnic. Drinks, snacks, picnic tables and toilet facilities are available at Stott Park, but there is no café on the route.
ACCESS & DOGSDogs on leads are welcome to explore Stott Park Bobbin Mill. The walk between Lakeside and the bobbin mill passes through fields where livestock may be grazing – please follow the country code.


Stott Park Bobbin Mill in the sunshine

Stott Park Bobbin Mill in the sunshine
Bobbins in sunlight

Bobbins in sunlight in the new lathe shop at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
High Dam waterfall, after rainy weather

High Dam was built to provide water power for Stott Park Bobbin Mill in the late 1800s.
Close up of wooden bobbins

Close up of wooden bobbins
Exhibition in the Coppice Barn at Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Exhibition in the Coppice Barn at Stott Park Bobbin Mill
View over High Dam

View over High Dam
Part of the route around the north side of High Dam

Part of the route around the north side of High Dam

 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.

Looking across to Lakeside, from the eastern shore of Windermere

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.

Keep right at both times you come to a fork in the path

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