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Tarn Hows Keswick
National Trust
Cumbria LA21 8AQ


Tarn Hows is part of the National Trust’s Monk Coniston estate and a well known beauty spot.  If you are lucky enough to visit on a calm sunny day, nothing can prepare you for the stunning reflections in the mirror calm lake.
This picturesque Lake District tarn is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north-east of Coniston Village and 1½ miles (2.5 km) north-west of Hawkshead Village.
Originally this body of water contained three much smaller tarns, Low Tarn, Middle Tarn and High Tarn until 1862 when the Marshall family of Monk Coniston Hall constructed a dam across Low Tarn creating the large tarn we see today.  This ‘artificial’ lake is drained by Tom Ghyll which cascades down the fell in a series of small waterfalls to Glen Mary Bridge.
James Garth Marshall further improved his landscaping by expanding the spruce, larch and pine plantations around the tarn.  The area has been designated a site of Special Scientific Interest because of its wealth of wildlife.  Paths allow visitors to walk around the 3.1 km shoreline and there are magnificent views across moorland to the mountains beyond.
In spring and summer bluebells carpet the woods and purple heather covers the slopes; during autumn the larches and silver birch trees glow bronze and yellow.  In winter the bare trees afford uninterrupted views of the snow covered mountains.
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Plan Your Visit 
Disabled Car Park & View point
Small car park only for visitors with disabilities, offers great views over the tarn.
Discreetly sited ‘Pay and Display’ car park
Toilets & Information Panels in a building designed to harmonise with the landscape.
Usually Ice-cream van in car park (Apr-Oct)
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1539 441 456
Getting There
The National Trust website has detailed 'Getting Here' information. Tarn Hows is part of Monk Coniston estate, a well known beauty spot.  Visit on a calm sunny day & enjoy the stunning reflections in the mirror calm lake


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