Tarn Hows

A favourite with visitors

Tarn Hows in winter with snow-tipped mountains

Tarn Hows in winter with snow-tipped mountains

Tarn Hows is a favourite with visitors. But don't take our word for it, here's how visitors writing on Trip Advisor described what's on offer:

  • 'It is a spot where poets get their inspiration. The lake and surrounding trees are just a photographer's dream. A walk around the lake is worth it.'
  • 'This is a great place to walk and explore and it can be enjoyed by the very young and elderly as the paths afford easy access and easy walking for people with push chairs etc. For the hardier walkers there's plenty of stiles where you can get off the normal track and explore at length...a great place with great views of the Langdales too.'
  • 'You can't beat this little tarn for spectacular scenery in any weather. As soon as you crest the rise you get a fabulous view stretching from Tom Heights to The Langdales. If you walk anti-clockwise around the Tarn you get the best views before arriving back at the car park for ice cream or even a 'Herdy Burger' it just doesn't get much better than this.'

Walk here

If you'd like to walk to Tarn Hows here are two different walking route to follow.

Monk Coniston to Tarn Hows Walk Guide (PDF)

Our Tramper mobility scooter

Proud of our new Tramper

  • Free of charge (but any voluntary donation will go towards a second scooter)
  • Available between 10 & 3 daily
  • Use on the circular path round Tarn Hows
  • You can pre-book a timeslot (telephone 07786 670202) or just turn up

Use our Tramper for free

Jean enjoying the Tramper drive with Ranger Sam

Jean enjoying the Tramper drive with Ranger Sam

Local resident Jean Crosbie who has MS says 'I'm so excited about the upcoming chance to ride a Tramper scooter round Tarn Hows. I live only a short distance from the tarn and used to walk there regularly, this has been impossible for the last 15 years'.

The Tramper is an all-terrain mobility scooter suitable for those who can use handlebar steering and controls (a short introductory session will be given before use). It's part of our commitment to make more of our beautiful places accessible to those who are less physically able.

The Tramper had a short trial last year during our autumn Walking Festival and with generous funding from Go Lakes and Alan and Pat Parfett we were able to purchase a Tramper to be based full time at Tarn Hows.

We really hope that many of you who might otherwise miss the chance to see beautiful Tarn Hows fully will come and enjoy it.

Watch our video taken from on-board the Tramper during last year's trial, don't worry you'll be going slower (external link)

By car or bus

Tarn Hows accessible by car

National Trust members can park for free at Tarn Hows; for others there is a charge which helps fund our conservation work in the countryside around the tarn.

For seasonal bus information check our How to get here page.

Local food to go

If you want local food then you can't get more local than herdy and beltie burgers from our neighbour, Yew Tree Farm. Their burger van should be in the car park most days Easter to Oct.

Opening & facilities

Facilities are available in the car park

The tarn is accessible every day of the year, dawn to dusk.

There are toilet facilities in the car park.

During the main visitor season Easter to October snacks and drinks can usually be bought in the car park.