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's a walking route to follow.

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.

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)


Built with help and inspiration from two visitors

Built with help and inspiration from two visitors

We have a car park ranger on duty in the car park to help with any queries or problems. Feel free to stop and ask them any questions you may have.

There are toilets and baby-changing facilities in the car park and an ice cream van to treat yourselves!


Tarn Hows accessible by car

There is limited car parking - free for National Trust members. For others, there is a charge which helps fund our countryside conservation work.

There is a separate disabled car park.

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