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Tarn Hows information and images

Surrounded on three sides by thick woodland, and with glorious views of the Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn in the distance, Tarn Hows is one of the most visited and photographed places in the Lake District.

Situated between Coniston and Hawkshead, Tarn Hows was formed in the 1800’s by the combination of 3 tarns by the then landowner, who dammed the connecting stream to create a water supply, adequate enough to drive a nearby saw-mill. The grassy knolls overlooking the water are ideal for family picnics, and the level woodland walks, habitat to the red squirrel, with the added advantage of wheelchair access, make for a perfect setting in which to relax.

The National Trust operate a free Sunday bus service on the scenic route from Coniston and Hawkshead between April and October.
Additionally, there is the option of the bus/boat Cross Lakes Shuttle from Bowness, Hawkshead, Coniston and Grizedale. The Tourist Information Centres will provide details of this leisurely journey. A car park is positioned a few hundred yards from the shoreline.


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