Views from Tarn Hows and the surrounding fells

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Best Views

This is a great viewpoint for Tarn Hows, part of a designed landscape created by James Garth Marshall. In 1865 he built a dam to flood the area, which was once three smaller tarns, this created the large tarn as you see today. From the bench, you can see across the tarn to the surrounding fells. It is at its best first thing in the morning or later in the day when it is usually peaceful. On raised ground to the left of the track, just before the bench, there is a memorial to Sir James Scott. This is another vantage point from which the views can be enjoyed. The main track continues for another three hundred metres to Rose Castle Cottage, a National Trust Holiday Cottage

To get to the view point from the Tarn Hows Car Park walk 600m to the view point and bench. There is also limited accessible parking 300m from the viewpoint.

Further Information

Car parking: in the National Trust car park (pay and display; NT members free) Toilets: in the main National Trust car park.A National Trust Recruitment Ranger is present in the car park, who will be able to answer questions and provide advice if needed. In Coniston: further pay and display parking,toilets, shops, caf├ęs and public houses. Additionally, an ice cream van operates atTarn Hows from April to October.

How to get here: From Coniston follow the sign posted route to Tarn Hows. Grid reference SD 330 995. Accessible car parking is available at a small area before the main Tarn Hows car park, on the right shortly after a cattle grid. The main car park is about 600 metres further along the road and you can either walk carefully back along the road or use a path across the fields.

By Nick Petrie

Upland Footpath Ranger. A passion for the countryside and a love of the Lake District led me to switch careers. After an initial period of volunteering to gain experience I started working for the National Trust in 2007 and thoroughly enjoy it!

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How to get here

Tarn Hows Car Park, Coniston

Coniston LA21 8

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 325 995

Get Directions

By train: Windermere 12 miles and Ulverston 15 miles.
By boat: The National Trust's rebuilt historic Steam Yacht Gondola stops at Monk Coniston Jetty, Saturday and Sunday, Apr-Oct, weather permitting. Last sailing at 4pm.Cross Lakes Shuttle, a boat-bus-boat link from Bowness on the east shore of Windermere, via Hill Top and Hawkshead, to Monk Coniston, Tarn Hows and Coniston Pier.
By bus: from Windermere to Coniston
By bike: Cycle tracks can be found along the west shore of Coniston Water and from Coniston to Tarn Hows.