Tarn Hows, Coniston

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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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  • A lovely walk and sneaked a cheeky swim (only found out afterwards that that's not supposed to happen) but I've done it now! Paths are great and suitable for most. Disabled parking at a scenic viewpoi...  more »
  • Been many times, a wonderful walk at any time of year. We were there in July and the Tarn was stunning. An easy and enjoyable walk, take a picnic the kids and the dog,  more »
  • Very scenic. Easy walk from Coniston. Ice cream van on car park selling hot drinks. Good facilities too.  more »
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  • Love this place. Car park can get crowded so be prepared for a wait, you will also need your National Trust membership card or cash for car park, debit/credit cards not accepted. Muddy in places after rain. Lots of seats on the path round the tarn to take a breather. Irritating that so many can't read the clear signage to keep dogs on leads due to livestock!! Busy at weekends but fabulous none the less.
  • Beautiful views, lovely walk. Takes about an hour to walk around an easy pace. Not too hilly, so it's fine for prams/wheelchairs
  • Parking is free for National Trust members, there's a toilet and an ice cream van. Nice walk around the tarn, it's great if you have a push chair, small child or have mobility issues
  • Minimal facilities as this is as remote as a hugely popular holiday attraction can get - just look at the road up! An ice-cream van and toilets is all you'll find here (except a stunning view, range of walks and helpful staff!)
  • Lovely easy walk with lots of trees to climb. National Trust car park free if you're a member

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