How to get there: Take the A590 from Newby Bridge, with signs to Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston. Take the bridge over the River Leven toward Hawkshead. Head for Finsthwaite village and the car park located a little to the north.
Grid Reference: SD 367 882
Nearest Postcode: LA12 8BJ
Parking: Pay and display car park.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1. From the car park, head on the path which follows the river, ascending into the woods. Ignoring the bridge to your left and head right. Remain on this path, follow it through to a bend to the left and head alongside the river still. Continue on the main path, through a kissing gate and straight ahead, ignoring any turns. Remain on the path, with the dam to your left. Head over some footbridges to reach the second dam.
2. Cross over the footbridge to the right and continue on the path, following the water’s edge. Remain on the path, keeping the wall to your right. Pass on through a gap in the stone walls, then continue on the path as it ascends through the woods. Head over a footbridge to follow the path above the water. Pass through a gap in the stone wall and head left over another footbridge. Head back into the woodlands to cross another bridge and head straight on. Cross over the dam wall to take the path before the bridge to your right, which will lead you back down to the car park.