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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 on Tarn Hows with the Tramper

We’ve made it possible for the less mobile to enjoy a trip round the tarn

We’ve made it possible for the less mobile to enjoy a trip round the tarn

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.

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: half came to the Trust in 1930 and the other half in 1943, part of Beatrix Potter's legacy here in the Lakes.


Built with help and inspiration from two visitors

From Easter onwards we will have a car park ranger on duty in the car park to help with any queries or problems. Feel free to stop and ask them any questions you may have.

There are toilets and baby-changing facilities in the car park.


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.