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Tarn Hows, Coniston

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Historic Walking Area · Water Body
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One of the most visited spots in the area, Tarn Hows consists of three lakes joined together in the 19th century in order to supply water to a local sawmill. During the height of the tourist season, the area gets packed with visitors who come here to enjoy the views of the Helvellyn Range and the Langdale Pikes. A series of trails lead through thick woodlands, noted for a wide variety of native plants and animals. You can walk or cycle along a path encircling the tarn, or use this spot as the beginning of your adventure further into the Lake District. Pack a picnic lunch, put on your favorite hiking shoes, charge your camera battery, and enjoy a relaxing day in the great outdoors. Plan to visit Tarn Hows during your Coniston vacation using our convenient Coniston trip planner.
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  • Stunning landscape, dog and push chair friendly walk. Would highly recommend. A 5 minute drive from hawkshead. Plenty of places to take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views. 
    Stunning landscape, dog and push chair friendly walk. Would highly recommend. A 5 minute drive from hawkshead. Plenty of places to take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views.  more »
  • Had a great walk around the Tarn The views are stunning There is a large car park and it’s free for NT members Our Springer Pep absolutely loved it 💙 
    Had a great walk around the Tarn The views are stunning There is a large car park and it’s free for NT members Our Springer Pep absolutely loved it 💙  more »
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  • So beautiful. Don't be put off that it's artificial... I went hunting for a few tarns and was left underwhelmed. This place is stunning. You're not allowed to swim in there, however, did find a little spot to have a quick dip in. The water is so clear. It's not a challenging walk around, great on a sunny day.
  • Lovely place for a gentle walk. Really sad to see so many trees down following the storms

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