Things to see & do

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Drive less - see more at Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows makes a great destination on foot or by bike from Coniston and Hawkshead - or beyond!  There's also a great network of paths nearby, including the atmospheric Tom Gill with its wildlife-rich woodland and tumbling waterfalls.

Have a go at Trail Orienteering

Trail Orienteering (or Trail O) is orienteering without the running!  Competitors face tricky map-reading challenges from the comfort of the path, so it's ideal for those who are less mobile but enjoy some navigational fun. 

Trail orienteering at Tarn Hows

Making the tarn accessible

Local resident Jean (with Ranger Sam) was the first to try the tour

Local resident Jean (with Ranger Sam) was the first to try the tour

The Tramper is an all-terrain mobility scooter available for use on the circular track round the tarn and is 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. The Tramper was made possible with generous funding from Go Lakes and Alan and Pat Parfett.

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, don't worry you'll be going slower.

Our Tramper


  • Free of charge (any voluntary donation appreciated)
  • Winter availability:
    weekdays 10.30 to 2.30, essential to pre-book by calling the office on 015394 41456 for a timeslot
  • It won't be available in icy conditions or over Christmas holidays