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Address: | Lake District National Park, Coniston LA21 8AQ, England
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+44 15394 41456

One of the most popular spots in the Lake District, this lake was...

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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Beautiful scenery and a charming walk

Third visit to Tarn How's, always see it differently whether that's because of the season's or the weather. The National Trust have done a great job of making it accessible... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2016
James L
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

Third visit to Tarn How's, always see it differently whether that's because of the season's or the weather. The National Trust have done a great job of making it accessible without spoiling the scenery. A rewarding experience if you have a spare couple of hours

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2016

A climb up from Coniston on the Cumbria Way to a wonderful view around the lakes of Tarn Hows. It can also be driven upto the NT carpark.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

Suitable for those who wish to sit and enjoy the tranquility/view or those who wish to saunter around the Tarn. Pushchair friendly so families are able to walk around the Tarn together.

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Tarn Hows is easily accessible (there's a National Trust car park just across the road) and the walk around it is level and only a little steep in a couple of places. The view is breathtaking and as well as enjoying your walk, you can find a great spot to picnic. Well worth a visit on a clear day and... More 

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Fabulous, small artificial lake and planted trees with a just the right length walk around it. When visited without others at the end of a day it is quite the most peaceful place.

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2016

You`ve got to look for it, but once you find this beautiful place hidden in forest, you`ll love it for ever!!

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

This is a little gem, the footpath around the lake is ideal for families, both young and old. National trust owned car park, free for members, otherwise pay to park. The car park gets very busy, difficult to park sometimes, but this is only because it is a stunning place to visit.

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

We walked from Coniston up the gravel path through the woods to Tarn Hows. Its a steep walk but manageable and the views and scenery at the top are well worth the walk. Came back via the waterfall path but beware you have to walk a little bit along the roads this way and the road can be busy.

Thank Jo M
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

If you are pressed for time (how unfortunate!) like us or the weather ain't fantastic yet you would like to do a short walk with great view, I would recommend Tarn Hows, in Hawkshead area. The circuit around the perimeter takes about over an hour, slow walk. "A circular valley walk through woods and open countryside with some stunning views... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

We visited here following a recommendation and are really pleased we did. It's surrounded by stunning scenery and is a beautiful location. It's been made very accessible for all mobility levels with a good path. Ideal for prams and a brilliant setting for all the family. Our only gripe was the lack of bins at the Glen how's car park.... More 

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