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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.
We're really keen that as many people as possible can get round the tarn to enjoy it; if you're less mobile then you can use our Tramper for free. The Tramper is an off-road mobility scooter with handle bar steering and controls.
A perfect family walk
Tarn Hows is a favourite for families as everyone can get round this well-surfaced circular track, even with buggies and wheelchairs.
You will meet a few short uphill pushes but that's just a good excuse to pause and admire the view.
If you're feeling more adventurous, there are lots of other walks further afield. Just ask our Car Park staff for details and pick up a Ranger Guide to the area.