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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.

Take a festive stroll

Tarn Hows covered in snow, like a scene from a Christmas card

Tarn Hows covered in snow, like a scene from a Christmas card

We all have our Christmas traditions and getting out for a Boxing Day walk is one of our favourites. The festive period is the perfect time to enjoy a visit to Tarn Hows, with views across the Lakes, to the high fells beyond. It’s just long enough for everyone in the family to stretch their legs before you curl up in front of the fire again! So wrap up warm and get outside at Christmas.

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 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.

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 in two halves in the 1930s and '40s, part of Beatrix Potter's Lake District legacy.

Parking

Tarn Hows has limited car parking

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, with great views over the Tarn.

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