A Walk Around Romantic Tarn Hows in Cumbria

After the long walk around Grasmere the previous day, we wanted some nice but short walk for a change. We have been recommended this walk around Tarn Hows by my friend whom we met up with the previous night. By the way she owns a toy shop in Ambleside called The Ambleside Toy Shop. Check it out if you are in the area.

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

Tarn Hows

Nestled deep within the English Lake District between Coniston and Hawkshead, stunning Tarn Hows offers an accessible circular very easy 1¾ miles walk through beautiful countryside with majestic mountain views of The Langdale Pikes, Helvellyn Mountains and Eastern Fells. 

A great place to walk and picnic, perfect for families with young children as well as the elderly folks.  There is a mobility scooter available for use for those who are less able to get around the Tarn. It can get very busy especially on a nice day so get there early. 

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

History

The Tarn Hows area originally contained three much smaller tarns, Low Tarn, Middle Tarn and High Tarn.Until 1862 much of the Tarn Hows area was part of the open common grazing of Hawkshead parish. The remaining enclosed land and many of the local farms and quarries were owned by the Marshall family of Monk Coniston Hall.

The famous writer, Beatrix Potter purchased the Monk Coniston Estate, which included the tarn, for £15,000 from James Garth Marshall, Member of Parliament for Leeds , in 1929. She sold the half of the estate to the National Trust, and bequeathed the other half to the Trust in her will.They have maintained the tarn since then. In 1965 Tarn Hows was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Go to the National Trust’s website here

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

We were lucky with the water although as you can see it was quite an overcast day. I have seen photos of Tarn Hows in the autumn on the internet which looked pretty spectacular.  

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

There are also rare Belted Galloway cattle and sturdy Herdwick sheep grazing by the tarn. There were quite a few of them, happily grazing just next to our path. They let us stroke them too. 🙂

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

If you are not a NT member, Pay & Display car park is  Up to 2hrs – £5.00. 2 to 4hrs – £6.50. All Day – £7.50, NT members free. It is not cheap but to be fair they do a great job in maintaining the paths and providing information on the local area. There are toilet facilities and info area in the car park. There is no cafe, head to Coniston or Hawkshead for refreshment. 

Tarn Hows in Cumbria

Very relaxing and easy walk. I hope I will be back one day!