A stroll around Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is a lake set amongst the attractive countryside between Coniston and Ambleside.

Whilst it is a very well known, and consequently busy Lake District visitor attraction, what is less well known is that the tarn used to be three smaller ones called High, Middle and Low Tarn. In 1862 James Marshall gained the land and set about building a dam to raise the level, and with other landscaping largely created the Tarn Hows we see today. Later he sold it to Beatrice Heelis, better known as Beatrix Potter, who passed it eventually to the National Trust for safe keeping.

For the less able you may be able to hire an off road mobility scooter, for more details see here.

The National Trust pay and display car park at Tarn Hows is quite large and has toilet facilities. Additionally during the summer months an ice cream van plies its trade.