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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.

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.

Wednesday walks

Join us for free guided walks around Tarn Hows, every Wednesday at 11am and 1.30pm. 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. 

Family friendly

Tick off some classic 50 Things at Tarn Hows

Tick off some classic 50 Things at Tarn Hows

We have a new Explorer Trail at Tarn Hows to help families get the most out of their visit and so children can tick off some '50 things' activities. 

Tarn Hows is the perfect place to build a den, climb a tree, hunt for bugs and go bird watching...so what are you waiting for? Pick up a leaflet from the rangers in the car park and get going! 

Find out more...

Follow our Rangers blog, as they share weekly updates from their work out and about around the South Lakes. 

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