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Tarn Hows, Coniston

4.8
One of the most visited spots in the area, Tarn Hows consists of three lakes joined together in the 19th century in order to supply water to a local sawmill. During the height of the tourist season, the area gets packed with visitors who come here to enjoy the views of the Helvellyn Range and the Langdale Pikes. A series of trails lead through thick woodlands, noted for a wide variety of native plants and animals. You can walk or cycle along a path encircling the tarn, or use this spot as the beginning of your adventure further into the Lake District. Pack a picnic lunch, put on your favorite hiking shoes, charge your camera battery, and enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors. Plan to visit Tarn Hows during your Coniston vacation using our convenient Coniston trip planner .
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  • We went there on a cloudy day, so couldn't enjoy the views to their full potential. Its a good stroll around the lake.  more »
  • This is a beautiful tranquil place with a 1.75 mile walk around the tarn. Good pathways are in place, so a relatively level steady walk. I am a fisherman and rate this as probably the best scenic lake...  more »
  • Tarn hows is the halfway point in a walk from Coniston that my dog and me have done numerous times and it never ceases to amaze me  more »
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  • Amazing place. I went when it was raining a little foggy and it was still such a great view and a good place to go. Very peaceful and would definitely recommend if you have not been before.
  • Superb walk, especially after lunch at the nearby Drunken Duck. Scenery is magnificent and the walk is healthy without endangering those us a little out of shape. A must visit.
  • Absolutely stunning views! Just a magical place.
  • A very pleasant walk of 2.7km (1.6 miles) around The Tarn. Should take a little over an hour to complete with LOADS of photo opportunities. Be sure to look out for the various wishing trees dotted around this main walk. One in particular is well used. The entire walk is gravel path with a couple of steep climbs. Elevation 90m with some climbs greater than 1:10 so consider this when attempting with wheelchair or pushing a pram. There are numerous hiking opportunities for those who like to go off the beaten track. Pay and display main parking for about 50 cars starting at £5.00 for first 2 hours. Ample places to have a picnic or to just rest up while soaking up the views. Toilet facilities are also available at parking area. Look out for bird feeders near toilets as this is well frequented by the local feathered friends. If this review was in any way helpful please press like.
  • This is the best water bodies to visit in lake district. Its very calm and quite. Scantily crowded. The path to this tarn is very small, so not accessible by caravan or bigger vehicle. Worth visiting once for the serenity and nature. It takes around less than 40 mins to walk around the lake. It has wheelchair accessible path... So suitable for strollers too. Paid car park is available here. But there is no WCs.
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