Winter Walk - Tarn Hows in The Lake District

tarn hows
Rohan, 01 December 2011
This is a short circular walk and an ideal first walk for families.  The well maintained path makes it suitable for pushchair and wheelchair users.  It is relatively flat with a few short steep sections.

Getting there: Car: From Coniston follow signposts to Tarn Hows. From Ambleside to Hawkshead take the B5286, turn right up Hawkshead Hill, then follow signs for Tarn Hows. 

Facilities: Car park and toilets; Tarn Hows has a dedicated National Trust disabled access car park.

Start Point: Main car park Tarn Hows, grid ref. SD 326996 OS Explorer Map OL7.

Background: Tarn Hows was created by James Garth Marshall in the 19th Century and sold at cost to the National Trust by Beatrix Potter. The Tarn is the lake and the Hows are the small wooded hills that surround it.

The Walk: An easy 1.8 miles or 3 km circular walk that takes about half an hour and is suitable for everyone.  Sheltered by trees, this picturesque waterside walk offers distant mountain views of Wetherlam, the Coniston fells and the Langdale Pikes.

Route: From the car park, turn right and walk down the well trodden path towards the tarn.  Follow the circular well maintained path round the tarn.  There are benches and plenty of places to stop along the way to take in the stunning views.  It is a wonderful peaceful place to walk in the early morning or evening.

Sarah Howcroft

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