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 walk starts from the National Trust car park just to the south of the tarns. Head north along country lanes and you can pick up the nice surfaced footpaths along the water. There's also the option of climbing above lakes on the eastern side, where there's splendid views down to the tarns.
At the northern end of the lake there's some benches where you can enjoy a rest at what is roughly the half way point of the walk.
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). You could reach the site from nearby Conistion or Hawkshead on our Hawkshead to Tarn Hows Walk. It's about a 2 mile walk from the village on a mixture of country lanes and footpaths.
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 climbs to Black Crag and Holme Fell start from the same car park and are both great options if you would like a more challenging walk with the reward of some wonderful views of the Coniston Lake and the Langdale Fells.

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

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


Tarn Hows from the disabled car park - - 760357

Tarn Hows from the disabled car park

Road and heathland above Tarn Hows - - 760362

Road and heathland above Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows - - 361546

Tarn Hows

The Tarns Middle Section - - 791171

The Tarns Middle Section

Western shore of The Tarns - - 630142

Western shore of The Tarns

Beltie by the Tarns - - 1338340

Beltie by the Tarns

Northern head of Tarn Hows - - 839043

Northern head of Tarn Hows

Bench at the north end of Tarn Hows - - 1338308

Bench at the north end of Tarn Hows


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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