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Tarn Hows

| Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ, England
+44 15394 41456
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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. There is a mobility scooter available for use for those who are less able to get around the Tarn.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“national trust” (123 reviews)
“car park” (202 reviews)
“lovely walk” (80 reviews)
| Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ, England
+44 15394 41456
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Arguably the most beautiful tarn in the whole of the very stunning Lake District National Park. This fantastic National Trust site is peaceful and offers amazing and unparalleled views of the mirror smooth water reflecting the trees and mountains beyond! Definitely worth a visit! If...More

Thank Nick and Angel S
Reviewed yesterday

A wonderful tarn surrounded by woodland between Hawkshead and Coniston. The path around the lake is well maintained and suitable for walkers of all ages. A great stroll through great scenery.

Thank MarkandJulieDavis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Want an easy Lake District walk? This is just a stroll in the park for anyone who can't make the usual strenuous walks and if you're not very fit or in tip-top condition, this is the place for you to enjoy a bit of the...More

Thank ChrisPduck2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tarn Hows is a simply stupendous location and I enjoyed my time here greatly. It is fed at its northern end by a series of valley and basin mires and is drained by Tom Gill which cascades down over several small waterfalls to Glen Mary...More

Thank Ultron-8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful easy 2 mile walk around the lakes. It is very slightly undulating with one steepish short section. The path has been recently been remade and is excellent: very suitable for wheelchairs etc. There are also opportunities for longer walks out from...More

Thank 301lisa33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE were told by a local to come here with our dogs as it was so nice .Parking is expensive as it is run by The National trust but all for a good cause .Beautful scenary as you walk through a gate to the lake...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic walk in a beautiful location. Recommend to all. Great national trust property. Parking isn't cheap but then it never is!

Thank 3MusketeersMLA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive up to the tarn was easy , when you arrive the views are awesome and the place so peaceful, there are facility's for disabled, including electric scooters. The walk around the tarn was delightful with other walks leading off from there and if...More

Thank philboden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit. Accessible for many and something for everyone. Many different ways to reach Tarn Hows and great paths.

1  Thank Karen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very enjoyable place on a nice day. We were impressed with the location and the peace. The mobility scooters are a fantastic idea. Great for dogs!

Thank Allan S
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13 September 2017|
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Response from NTSouthLakes | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Our Tarn Hows benches do take a bit of rough treatment from the elements, but are regularly inspected by our team of Rangers for safety and repaired throughout the year. If you do notice any... More
Pooja l
21 November 2016|
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Response from Westonsupermackem | Reviewed this property |
The walk around Tarn Howes takes about an hour. The path is very good and there's plenty of parking. If you have a car suggest you take the ferry across Windermere to Hawkeshead. There are some nice pubs and cafes. From... More