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Tarn Hows Lake District WALKING - Walks - Tarn Hows

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It is recommended that you console your map of the area you intend to walk in for the correct route as the walks mentioned are an overview.

A excellent walk that is gently with a steady climb, through delightful rolling hill country and the views of Tarn Hows.

Highest Point: 220m/660ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Approx. Time: 2.5hrs

Starting/Finish Point:
The main car park- HAWKSHEAD

Tarn Hows Map

Map not to Scale

HAWKSHEAD - Starting point and Finish

Tarn HowsDepending which side of car park you are in, either turn left or right so that you heading towards the center of Hawkshead with the information center being on your right has you pass it. Cross over the road so that you enter through a set of iron gates [sign Hawkshead Grammar School] into the grounds of the church.

Exit the church through an iron boundary gate, then onto a wooden swing gate, then bear right in the next field where the sign post [Tarn Hows & Coniston] walk to the middle of the field, then veer left up a grassy slope towards another gate that leads onto a stony track. Eventually you will arrive at flat stone bridge across a beck in a wooded area.

Looking Towards Tarn Hows And BeyondCross over the beck, then go left up a steep bank to go through an iron swing gate and follow the path and after crossing over a farm track continuing in a straight line towards the far corner of the field to meet a lane.

Turn left towards Hawkshead Hill and the houses, after the houses turn first right onto a lane [signpost Tarn Hows] continue past the junction and arrive at a ladder stile on your left. Cross over the stile onto rough land, turn right and follow the footpath to next ladder stile to cross over.

Walk through the field towards the two ladder stiles in the opposite wall in the corner. Take the right ladder stile [sign Tarn Hows] and follow the path through the wooded area to join the lane, then turn left for a short distance, then right [past the toilets] onto a swing gate next to a field gate with Tarn Hows coming into view.

Autumn At Tarn HowsContinue on the path with Tarn Hows being on your left to reach a fork, take the left fork and descend to link up with the path that goes around the Tarn, continue along the path and cross over the small wooden footbridge at the head of the Tarn Hows. Eventually you will arrive at another gate, enter through the swing gate and you will arrive at another fork.

Take the right fork and after a few yards bear right onto a minor footpath walking away from the Tarn and eventually arriving at ladder stile adjacent to a field gate.

Tarn Hows From Another AngleTurn right onto a stony track and follow this track and eventually the track will meet a lane. Turn right, then first left onto another lane [signpost Hawkshead] follow this lane until you reach a T-junction, turn left to descend the hill then the next right at the next T-junction to take into Hawkshead and the car park.


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Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.


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