Tarn Hows is something special

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Tarn Hows is a beauty spot only 2 miles northeast of Coniston and about 1.5 miles northwest of Hawkshead.

The circular path is set amidst woodland with grazing cattle, birdlife and small mammals, surround by stunning views of the Langdale Pikes. There are also rare Belted Galloway cattle and sturdy Herdwick sheep grazing by the tarn.

Beatrix Potter knew how special Tarn Hows was and the National Trust members, volunteers and visitors work hard to keep it special.

This spring, take the path around Tarn Hows and spot the first house martins and swallows arriving as they catch insects above the tarn. Walk from Coniston to Tarn Hows via Yewdale and Tarn Hows wood and enjoy a magical display of native English bluebells.


A great place to walk or to begin your wider Lake District countryside adventure.


Get the passenger ferry from Bowness and discover the magnificent views over Windermere of Claife Viewing Station. From here take the path to Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter. If you’d like to walk further, take the bridleway past the beautiful Esthwaite Water to Hawkshead and visit the National Trust shop and the Beatrix Potter Gallery

Whether it’s coat, hat and wellies or shorts, shades and trainers - no matter the weather, Tarn Hows is as relaxing as it is invigorating.