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Tarn Hows

| Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ, England
+44 15394 41456
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One of the most popular spots in the Lake District, this lake was originally created to supply water to a saw mill.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
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“national trust” (111 reviews)
“car park” (189 reviews)
“lovely walk” (75 reviews)
| Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ, England
+44 15394 41456
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped here on way back from visiting friends in Keswick. Absolutely beautiful. The Tarn was covered in water lilies and the walk around the Tarn was delightful. A bit steep in places but not too taxing.

Thank Donphil63
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited Tarn How in June 17. The weekend was a very hot one so it made walking a lot easier. We walked around the lake (only 1.6 mile which does seem a lot longer), it is quite hilly but very enjoyable. Would recommend if you...More

Thank traceybarber2016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the best views in the lakes. Plenty of parking, family and wheelchair friendly walks. Well defined paths most of which are gravel making it a perfect place for everyone to walk. Paths are good even in winter so you can wear most kinds...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tramper which we had pre booked with the NT enabled my Wife to circumnavigate the impressive Tarn on the hard, well constructed, mud free path, (and for which we made a donation to the NT - there is NO fixed charge), accompanied by myself...More

Thank UKTerry
Reviewed 1 week ago

We parked our car at the Coniston Sports and Social Centre and started the walk from the centre. A loop to Tarn Hows and back to the centre took us about 4h of slow and easy walk - across serene meadows, farms, streams - as...More

Thank Lee Ching N
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely national trust walk, easy enough route 1.5 miles around the main lake, with beautiful views throughout. The walk roughly took us 45 mins we enjoyed the trick woodland & 'money trees' so keep your eyes peeled for those. There was wildlife...More

Thank Stella D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across Tarn hows by accident, so glad we did, there is a simple walk around the Tarn for all abilities, lots of trails off the walk too for the more experience walker, we also went to the Tim force this was quite a...More

Thank loopylou01303
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In our early days of visiting The Lakes we liked it very much. The 1st time we visited Tarn Hows we fell in love with it. It is somewhere we always visit every holiday. Whether we walk up from Coniston if we're staying there, just...More

Thank JuliaAW59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place, even if it is a "honeypot" spot. If you have young children it's a great place to introduce them to the joys of the outdoors and walking. If you're a little more adventurous, you can wander further afield and into the Langdales...More

Thank Hallcyon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous location. Easy walking. Great picnicking. Good facilities. Good scramble down to waterfall.

Thank Emma W
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Pooja l
Hi am planning to do a 10 day trip from 23rd Dec’16 to 2nd of Jan’17 covering, a) 1/2 days in lake district (23rd / 24th Dec), b) 3/4 days (25-28) in Edinburgh and c) 3/4 (29th - 2nd) days in London. What are the must do things in each place? Are there any special Christmas events in Edinburgh for which we need to book tickets ahead of time ? Also is it worthwhile to do the highlands / Scotland? Can we cover Edinburgh + Highlands in 3-4 days or need more time? We are planning to drive down from Chester (where i currently work) to Edinburgh – Are there any places that we can see enroute? From there to London, what are the best options for travel - Will travel by train/bus be worthwhile or flight options? Are we missing out by not doing some other places which are better than say Lake District? Sorry for the long list of questions, I am new to UK and would appreciate any help?
22 November 2016|
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Response from lovehols15 | Reviewed this property |
Lake District is worth a visit but you will need a car to get around. Country pubs in the Lakes have open fires and are a good place for 'a pie and a pint' but make sure the driver isn't driving as roads are twisty in places
Pooja l
I am planning for 2day trip in lake district on Dec 24 and 25..suggest me some very important places to cover
21 November 2016|
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Response from Westonsupermackem | Reviewed this property |
The walk around Tarn Howes takes about an hour. The path is very good and there's plenty of parking. If you have a car suggest you take the ferry across Windermere to Hawkeshead. There are some nice pubs and cafes. From... More
Pooja l
How much time will it take to cover this area??
20 November 2016|
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Response from Scott W | Reviewed this property |
You can spend as long as you want to be honest; but I'd say allow at least 2 hours.