A Hike in the Hills – High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria

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The next morning we ate another big breakfast (to sustain us on our walk obviously) and checked out of the hotel.  Dan and I still had an entire day to spend in the Lake District and we decided to go on a bit of a hike to see some of the beautiful scenery.  We’d been suggested the walk to High Dam by our friends so we got dropped off at the The Swan Hotel & Spa (where we’d decided to enjoy a post-walk lunch – but we had to earn it first) and decided to hike up to the Dam, round it and back again.

The sky was beautifully blue as we set off along the river until we hit the footpath that we needed to head up into the hills – we really couldn’t have asked for better weather!

We headed into the woods and up some pretty steep inclines until we reached the fort at the top of the hill.  The paths weren’t that obvious but we knew we were heading vaguely in the right direction so we carried on.

Suddenly, there was a break in the trees and we could see Finsthwaite village so we knew we were on the right path  – if in a roundabout way – we weren’t exactly in the place we thought we were but we weren’t far off – the paths weren’t clearly marked so we were doing our best.Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & Explores

Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & Explores
An Essex girl can always find her way to Lakeside!

We continued on through Lakeside and then took the footpath that was signposted to High Dam.  At one point there was a signpost pointing us up an extremely steep hill so we dug in and made our way up it (we would later learn that there was a much easier route!)

Scaling the giant hill we ended up carving out our own path at some points – this was definitely not a well-trodden footpath, but finally as we came over the crest of the hill we finally caught a glimpse of High Dam!  Not the nice leisurely walk we had envisaged, but a hike and a half up some rocky paths!

Finally, we were on the right track and it was well worth it.  The dam was stunning, especially in the fantastic weather.  We decided to walk all the way around it before heading back down.


As we walked back down we saw the path that we should’ve taken (shaving about an hour off of our walk) but we didn’t mind – it had been a lovely afternoon and quite nice to do a longer walk than originally planned.

We took the right route home – over gentle fields instead of the steep hills we’d trekked up on the way Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & ExploresChatting to the local wildlife

Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & Explores
The most chilled out sheep ever!
Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & Explores

Until we ended up back at The Swan Hotel where we’d set out from.

A celebratory glass of wine was definitely in order and as the weather was still so lovely we were able to sit out by the river to have our drinks.  It really was the most picturesque setting with the old stone bridge in the background and the swans going past us on the river


Walk to High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria, England by Emma Eats & Explores
The best way to look at the world is through a glass of wine!


We were starving at this point so we ordered the menu and I was so thrilled to see that they had a courgetti salad with pesto and feta (the first restaurant I’ve seen to have courgetti on the menu – I was in heaven!)  Of course I ordered it, with a tomato soup to start and Dan had the Pork & Duck Wontons followed by a huge burger.

Whether it was the fact that we were so ravenous from the walk or not, I’m not sure, but the food was absolutely delicious.  My soup was so flavourful that I got through the whole bowl before I realised that I hadn’t even offered Dan a taste.  And the courgetti pesto salad – so nice to be able to find something on a menu that I don’t have to alter or make a special request on!

As it grew a bit colder we moved inside and spent a couple of hours playing board games in front of the fire.  Then it was time to head back to London – so we jumped in a taxi to Oxenholme station and again the train was a breeze – we were exhausted, all that fresh air had worn us out! Hopefully (if we win the free stay we’ll be back soon!)

21 Comments Add yours

  1. leahshoup says:

    oh my! the food in this post looks amazing!

    1. It was – I was so excited to find Courgetti spaghetti on a menu!!

  2. Oxley Annie says:

    Beautiful photos – the walk looks stunning. Xx

  3. Doris says:

    Looks like a great hike you have there and the food looks so delish! 😛

  4. Nena says:

    The views are breathtaking! I especially love the idea of being able to sit and relax by the water:)

    1. It’s such a beautiful place. Plenty of benches around high dam to sit and enjoy the scenery!!

  5. Kathy - Walkabout Wanderer says:

    I live just a stones throw away from the Lake District and often go there. I am really pleased you have enjoyed your trip here. You have some fantastic photos here and ther food looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Vyjay Rao says:

    This is a wonderful hike. The vistas are spectacularly beautiful. One needs to get away from the cities to these beautiful places to be one with nature.

  7. verushka143 says:

    Such a beautiful place.You captured some rather stunning pics.The hike was defo worth it.

  8. Susan says:

    I have always wanted to go to the Lake District every time we’re in the UK and have never managed to get there. It looks so peaceful and perfectly quaint. And your food photos! Oh my!! Looks amazing!!

  9. Munchkin Treks says:

    I love the photo of the two sheep looking at the camera. The hike you describe sounds fantastic. The views on this hike look amazing!

  10. This is a lovely area of the UK I had to visit because I am a huge Pride and Prejudice fan and Jane and her uncle and aunt went to the lake region and she saw where Mr. Darcy lived. Luckily I went with my very own Mr. Darcy. lol

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s really beautiful up there isn’t it – glad you had a great time!

  11. omg this place looks so peaceful and restful!!

  12. Willow says:

    What a gorgeous hike! I have only been to London, but I would love to see more of England!

  13. Lydia says:

    We love the Lakes, unfortunately since moving from the North West 16 years ago we haven’t been. Your beautiful photographs have reminded me what we are missing.

  14. toastycritic says:

    The lake district does look quite beautiful out there. I know the quasi paths you take to get places can be treacherous but they always have the best views in the end I think.

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