See Also - Tarn Hows


TARN HOWS - A Walk For All

Posted by John 24th February 2017

tarn hows  - the lake district


Tarn Hows is one the most popular small waters, a stunning beauty spot the picturesque location offers the perfect, easy circular walk for all.

Located between Coniston and Hawskhead, the tarn was created in Victorian times by damming a group of smaller waters known as the Coniston Monk Tarns.  One legend tells that a local landowner undertook the project as a gift for his wife.  True or false, it is a very romantic place, perfect for making grand gestures and proposals – take a picnic and a bottle of bubbly.

Getting there is easy; you can find the location and directions on Google Maps – Tarn Hows. On arrival there are two car parks. The main car park, manned by the National Trust, is pay and display for non-NT members. The current tariff is 2 Hours - £4.40, 4 Hours - £6.00 and all day £7.00.  You will also find a WC and, nine times out of ten, the ice cream van.

The other car park is specifically for disabled drivers and visitors and is located at one of the best viewpoints overlooking the tarn.

A Tarn For All

The main trail is about 2 miles and has been surfaced to make it suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, although it should be noted that there are a few hilly sections.

Tramper Mobility Scooter

As part of the NT commitment to making more places accessible there are a number of electric powered Tramper Mobility scooters available at the NT car park. They are free of charge, though a donation is always welcome, and must be pre booked 48 hours in advance by calling 015394 41456.

The Walk

For me Tarn Hows is not about a challenge, where if you stride out you can complete the circuit in no time at all, but more about a gentle stroll where you can dip down and explore the wooded spurs that jut out into the water or veer of up into the Hows, the hills that surround the tarn.

For a bit more excitement you can have a go at Trail orienteering – or Trail O – where you can download a few maps from the NT website. For kids there is the NT’s 50 things to do before you’re 113/4 list.


For more information you can visit the National Trust  and the Lake District Parks websites.

NT Tarn Hows

NT Tramper Scooter Hire

LD National Parks Tarn Hows Walk