One of the Lake District's most loved beauty spots, and for good reason. Tarn Hows boasts some of the best views of the central Lakeland fells and is within easy reach for all. Being so popular means that during the Summer months, and on weekends, it can be a very busy place! We can't guarantee what the weather will be up to, but we can tell you that a visit on a Winter's day is certainly worth the 20 minute drive from Brimstone ... especially during the week when the circular route around the tarn is beautifully quiet.
Tarn Hows was originally 3 small tarns that were joined together by the construction of a dam on the lower tarn back in 1862, which is when much of the landscaping seen to day took place, including the planting of spruce, larch and pines around the Tarn. The popularity of Tarn Hows with local sightseers has been growing ever since.
This walk is perfect if you just want a short leg stretch to blow away the cobwebs or the weather isn't suitable for heading up in to the hills, as the views on offer are still incredible.
Today the tarn and surrounding land is owned and managed by the National Trust. Not only popular for its fantastic views but also for its accessibility, there's lots of parking for visitors as well as a well maintained 1.8 mile circular track that takes you all the way around the tarn which is suitable for wheelchair users… and those who prefer to stay clear of the mud!
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