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Stunning Tarn Hows offers an accessible circular (1¾ miles) walk through beautiful countryside with majestic mountain views. A great place to walk and picnic, or to begin your wider Lake District countryside adventure. There are also rare Belted...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Been a few times. Any time of year, if the sun makes an appearance it's always gorgeous here. Bit of a climb up from Mary Bridge car park. Don't take the left fork half way up, it goes no where. Right fork looks like it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StuartR1784
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for taking the time to review Tarn Hows. It's a lovely walk from Glen Mary car park to Tarn Hows, but if you are after a more gentle walk, then parking at the main Tarn Hows car park is a good idea. Thanks for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did a lovely walking trail at Tarn How around the Lake in the winter. It's a beautiful area for a walk and great for photography.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BForest
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded today

It sounds like you had a lovely time, thanks for taking the time to review. Do come and visit again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although there are paths around the Tarn suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, there is so much more to explore. Small islands, lake side paddling and hills and trees to climb meant it was paradise for my four intrepid grandchildren. Perhaps a bigger car park would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank avidtraveller-Pen
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for your review, we are glad that both you and the grandchildren enjoyed Tarn Hows. We defiantly encourage explorers! Just so you, the tarn is a Site of Special Scientific Interest so swimming and paddling isn't allowed, plus it's full of leeches! We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great walk with the dog - easy as only 2 miles approx but very scenic and worth a trip. Non national trust members pay £5 for 2 hrs parking and coins only!!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 416jimf
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, we are glad both you and your dog enjoyed the walk. The National Trust team are often on hand to help with directions, information and help with the car parking machine. The income we generate through our car parks is a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

- if I've got it right - there was originally a number of hollows and small pools here but they where enlarged and made into a bigger body of water , surrounded by different woodland and a path going around the circumference- which has a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gilliane M
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's lovely that you returned to Tarn Hows once again and enjoyed your visit so much. You are completely right, Tarn Hows was once three small bodies of water that were dammed to make the tarn as we know it today. The tarn was created...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Tarn Hows after seeing some beautiful pictures of the place online. I have limited mobility so wasn't sure how I'd manage and though I didn't walk far, I am SO glad we went. The place is just stunning and so tranquil and peaceful....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa T
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit. When you visit again, it may be worth booking one of our mobility scooters free of charge so you can explore even further. Check the website and give us a bell to ask...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful walk and surroundings. Managed by the National Trust, we parked at their car park adjacent to the path leading down to Tarn. Be warned - at weekends and school holidays, the car park is very, very busy.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GeraintEd
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Tarn Hows, we are glad you enjoyed the walk.

Reviewed 6 November 2018

We went there on a cloudy day, so couldn't enjoy the views to their full potential. Its a good stroll around the lake.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank hammad n
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

Thanks for your review, you must pop back and visit us when the sun is shining!

Reviewed 6 November 2018

This is a beautiful tranquil place with a 1.75 mile walk around the tarn. Good pathways are in place, so a relatively level steady walk. I am a fisherman and rate this as probably the best scenic lake area I've ever seen. Fantastic colours in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Phil W
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Tarn Hows, we are glad you enjoyed your walk around the tarn. Just so you know, Tarn Hows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a really delicate habitat so fishing isn't allowed. Praise indeed...More

Reviewed 4 November 2018

Tarn hows is the halfway point in a walk from Coniston that my dog and me have done numerous times and it never ceases to amaze me

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jonbust
NTSouthLakes, Visitor Experience Officer at Tarn Hows, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2018

We are glad both you and your pooch enjoy Tarn Hows! Thanks for your lovely review.

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rob432016
11 April 2018|
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Response from NTSouthLakes | Property representative |
Hi rob432016. Thank you for your question. The 1.6 mile loop around the Tarn is accessible for wheelchairs. There are some slopes so we would recommend booking in one of our mobility scooters for free on site. They have been... More
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andilis10
14 September 2017|
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Thank you for your question. Our Tarn Hows benches do take a bit of rough treatment from the elements, but are regularly inspected by our team of Rangers for safety and repaired throughout the year. If you do notice any... More
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