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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  • On a recommendation decided to walk from Hawkshead to Tarn Hows, lovely day for it and me and my dog enjoyed the walk and the views when we got there, well worth it and sure built up an appetite for l...  more »
  • Ideal walk for youngsters and the disabled in a beautiful setting. Not too steep with decent paths. Excellent toilet facilities  more »
  • Tarn Hows is a beautiful place to visit, but the National Trust have put the parking fee upto £5.00 for 2 hours if you are not a member.  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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