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A view of Yew Tree Tarn
A view of Yew Tree Tarn | © Chee-Wai Lee
Lake District

Tarn Hows Ranger Run

Enjoy this invigorating circular running trail, which starts alongside Yew Tree Tarn and joins the Cumbria Way around Tom Heights to reach the northern shore of Tarn Hows, finishing past hidden waterfalls. Look out for local Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloway cattle on the way.

Ranger Run Series

This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Glen Mary Bridge National Trust car park, LA21 8DP

Step 1

Leaving the car park, head north on a path through woodland to the right of the road. Turn left here and carefully cross the road at the southern end of Yew Tree Tarn.

Step 2

Follow the path around to the left, traversing the western edge of the tarn and forking left at its northern end to follow the edge of the woodland back to the road. Don't cross: instead follow the path parallel to the road heading north-east and up the hill until you reach a path junction with the Cumbria Way, which at this point is a bridleway.

Step 3

Turn sharp right onto the Cumbria Way. Carefully cross the A593 and follow the byway south through woodland.

Step 4

At a fork the byway heads left and the Cumbria Way (now a footpath) heads right. Continue on the Cumbria Way to reach the path around the northern end of Tarn Hows.

View of walkers on the path surrounding Tarn Hows and surrounding landscape, Lake District
Walkers on the path surrounding Tarn Hows | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Step 5

Turn left at the T-junction, leaving the Cumbria Way and following the lakeside path around the tarn to the bridge and path junction in the south-western corner.

Step 6

Turn left towards Tom Gill car park (signposted) and follow the path downstream past some waterfalls and back to the start.

End point

Glen Mary Bridge National Trust car park, LA21 8DP

Trail map

Map of Tarn Hows trail run
Map of Tarn Hows trail run | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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