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Tarn Hows Walk

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Tarn Hows is claimed to be the most photographed place in the Lake District and receives up to 250,000 visitors per year. The walk itself needs very few directions, as it simply follows the wide, even gravel path around the tarn from the National Trust car park. The path, created by the National Trust, is interspersed with benches from which the views can be admired. It can get quite busy around the Tarn, so early morning or late afternoon are the best to avoid the crowds! There are views all around to the surrounding fells of Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam, the Langdale Pikes and the Helvellyn range.

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Parking: The National Trust pay and display car park at the Southern end of the tarn (grid reference SD 326 995). Following the road from Hawkshead to Coniston (B5285), turn right at Hawkshead Hill and follow the signs for Tarn How for just under a mile to reach the National Trust car park. The continuing road (turning left out of the National Trust car park), which rejoins the Hawkshead to Coniston road nearer to Coniston is one way and cannot be driven up from the Coniston end.
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: baths.hunk.pleasing
Walk distance: 1.75 miles (2.8 Km)
Estimated walk time: 50 minutes
Height climbed: 105 metres
Grade: 1-A: A short walk that is generally very flat
Peaks / summits: None
Wainwrights: None
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL7 (The English Lakes - South-eastern Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Flowers, Geographic feature, Stream or River, Tarn, Views, Wildlife, Woodland
Facilities / refreshments: Toilets and information centre on National Trust car park at Tarn Hows. Pubs, cafes and more toilets in Coniston about 1.5 miles away
Nearest town: Coniston
Local self-catering accommodation: View self-catering accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Local hotels, inns and B&Bs: View hotels and inns close to the start of this walk from The Inn Collection Group
Walk Tags: Video walk, Lake District, Cumbria, Tarn Hows, Coniston, National Trust, Tom Heights, Rose Castle plantation, Old Man of Coniston, Wetherlam, Langdale Pikes, Helvellyn range, Videowalks, Beatrix Potter
Video run time: 14 minutes 26 seconds


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