GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Tarn Hows

2 miles (3.5 km)

This popular beauty spot is perfect for a peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings. The area is run by the National Trust and consists of a large picturesquetarn surrounded by woodland. There are well surfaced tracks taking you around the tarn and into the woodland. From the high points there are lovely views of the Lake District Mountains and the surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can see Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Hart Crag and Dove Crag.
The Cumbria Way long distance walk runs through Tarn Hows. You could pick this up to continue your walk towards Colwith Force Waterfall and Elterwater (north) or head south to Coniston. Also nearby is the wonderful Grizedale Forest with numerous walking and cycling trails to enjoy.
This route also links with the Monk Coniston Walk. This lies just to the south of the tarn and can be started from the Tarn Hows car park. It will take you through the pretty Monk Coniston Hall estate to Coniston Water. On the way you will pass through the hall's attractive woodland and walled garden.
The route below starts from the car park and takes you around the tarn in an anti-clockwise direction. The climb to Black Crag starts from the same car park and is a good option if you would like a more challenging walk with the reward of some wonderful views of the Coniston and Langdale Fells.

Tarn Hows OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Tarn Hows Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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