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Majestic views and peaceful walks in beautiful countryside

Stunning Tarn Hows offers an accessible circular (1¾ miles) walk through beautiful countryside with majestic mountain views. A great place to walk and picnic, or to begin your wider Lake District countryside adventure. There are also rare Belted Galloway cattle and sturdy Herdwick sheep grazing by the tarn.

Tarn Hows is located in the low level hills between the villages of Coniston and Hawkshead and is ideal for a walk or cycle trip from either. It's a favourite with both regular and first-time visitors to the area and is popular with artists and photographers who love the setting and the views.

Wednesday walks

Join us for free guided walks around Tarn Hows, every Wednesday at 11am and 1pm. These are lead by one of our countryside volunteers, Terry.

His knowledge and passion for the heritage, history and ecology of this area will help you discover more about this special place. 

A Tramper tour

We're really keen that as many people as possible can get around the tarn to enjoy it; regardless of age or your ability. So if you are less mobile then you can use our Tramper; an off-road mobility scooter.

The Tramper is easy to use, with handle bar steering and controls, and is free to use for those who would like a little help to get around. We have two to borrow; please book in advance.

Family friendly

Going round the tarn - something everyone in the family can enjoy

Tarn Hows is a family favourite as everyone can get round the well-surfaced track, even with buggies and wheelchairs. You will meet a few short uphill pushes but that's a good excuse to pause and admire the view.

Tarn Hows history

Tarn Hows - a favourtie with Lakes visitors

This is a man-made landscape, created by owner James Garth Marshall, in the mid-19th century. It was part of the Monk Coniston estate, which came to the National Trust the 1930s and '40s, part of Beatrix Potter's Lake District legacy.

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