Tuesday 10th February 2009

 

Start Point 1 : Finsthwaite (below High Dam Car Prk) (SD 369 882)

                   

Distance : 4.2 miles          Height Ascended : 230 metres

 

Route Map 1

 

 

Stott Park Bobbin Mill – this mill operated as a bobbin manufactory from 1835 until 1971.

It was purchased by English Heritage and opened as a museun in 1985, the museum features working machinery

and exhibits which relate to the story of the manufacture of wooden bobbins used in the Lancashire cotton industry.

It was in commercial operation when I visited it as a schoolboy in 1969!!

 

Hetty alert to the sound of running water…………

 

Low Dam…………………………

 

……………………and High Dam both still heavily frozen

 

High Dam

 

 Martha attempting to get her feet wet

 

Looking across to Gummer's How and Staveley Fell from Finsthwaite Heights

 

Looking north from the environs of Finsthwaite Heights - all the distant higher fells still covered with a mantle of snow

 

Looking down on High Dam

 

The Coniston Fells from one of the many tops within Finsthwaite Heights

 

Again looking north to the ‘Fairfields’, Red Screes and High Street

 

Boretree Tarn

 

Finsthwaite Heights - a delightfully secluded little spot when away from High and Low Dams

 

Boretree Tarn

 

Gummer's How across the fields of Finsthwaite

 

Start Point 2 : Staveley-in-Cartmel (SD 380 862)

                   

Distance : 3.0 miles          Height Ascended : 250 metres

 

 

 

Looking over Newby Bridge towards a distant Black Combe

 

Martha and Hetty hit the trail

 

The Coniston Fells over Windermere from just below the summit of Staveley Fell

 

Gummer's How

 

Staveley Fell northerly panoramic view

 

Staveley Fell provides one of the better vantage points to view the foot of Windermere…………………………..

……………………………even though route-finding is not particularly easy

 

The cairn on the highest summit, looking north to Gummer's How

 

Lakeside, Finsthwaite Heights and the Coniston Fells