All about Tarn Hows


Tarn How’s is situated 2 miles from Coniston and 1.5 miles from Hawkshead, outlooked by the Yewdale fells. Tarn How’s is a very popular visitor destination for tourists and locals alike, it’s an easy 1.8-mile circular walk around the now one tarn. Some may not realise that Tarn How’s used to be made up of three smaller tarns called high, middle and low tarn. In 1929 the area came up for sale and was bought by Beatrix Potter, who left it to the National Trust in her will.


Tarn How is one of the most photographed locations in the Lake District as it’s back drop is fantastic. The short walk takes you on a gravel path around the walk, through woodland and past the local Belted Galloway cattle.


This tranquil beauty spot now owned by the National Trust has toilets and a car park. For lesser able visitors, mobility scooters are available for pre-booking through the National Trust.

Tarn How’s can be visited on our Beatrix Potter’s Favourite Countryside tour, Lake District from York tour,  Heart of the Lakes tour as well as our new Lake District from Manchester tour.

If you’ve prefer a little longer exploring Tarn How’s and it’s surroundings then we can offer a private tour for you.