Top things to see and do at Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows blue water 2019

Tarn Hows is a Lake District classic with ever-changing scenery and views of the high fells. But the main beauty is everyone can enjoy it regardless of age or physical ability.

Take the path round the tarn

With a manageable length of less than two miles this is a great trail for all the family to enjoy. The circular track is suitable for baby buggies and wheelchairs, although there are a few short hilly sections. A Tramper Mobility scooter is available to use so everyone can get involved.

For Families

Pick up a Nature Discovery Trail pack from the team in the car park, for a small donation, and head off spotting, exploring and discovering around Tarn Hows, using all your senses. 

The distinctive Belted Galloway cows
The distinctive Belted Galloway cows
The distinctive Belted Galloway cows

Coming with four legged friends 

Visitors walking their dog at Tarn Hows, Cumbria
Visitors walking their dog at Tarn Hows, Cumbria
Visitors walking their dog at Tarn Hows, Cumbria

We love meeting all your dogs at Tarn Hows and with lots of different routes to choose from, it's the perfect place for a good walk.  Dogs are very welcome on leads. There is livestock grazing around the Tarn all year round so please do keep dogs under close control on leads for everyone's safety and enjoyment. 

Drive less - see more

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.

For a more luxurious start to your day, take a cruise onboard Steam Yacht Gondola, then wander up through woodland to Tarn Hows. 

Herdwick sheep, Coniston, Cumbria

Monk Coniston and Tarn Hows walk

Pass through iconic Lake District farm and woodland, as well as the walled garden and tree collection of Monk Coniston Hall.