A gentle walk in a beautiful setting, enjoyable in any weather. The walk is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs and is not too long for little legs.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Park in the National Trust car park just above the lake. With your back to the car park, turn right up the road for about 30m and then left onto the footpath around the lake.
The path around the lake is wide and easy to follow, with beautiful views. Stay on the main path all the way down to the end of the lake, keeping an eye out for the two "money trees" - fallen trees, which have been decorated with thousands of penny coins.
(1) On reaching the end of the lake, make sure you bear right, to stay on the lake path, which then joins up with the Cumbria Way.
(2) The return journey along the northwesterly side of the lake can be a little steep in places, but the path is wide and well-maintained, and the compact stone surface makes it smooth. The views from up above the lake are stunning.
(3)When you reach the road at the end of the lake, turn right and continue 70 m down the road to get back to the car park. You will have great views along the way here of the Coniston hills and Langdale Pikes in the distance.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - National Trust car park
1 : mi 0.73 - alt. mi 0.73 - Bear right at end of lake
2 : mi 0.92 - alt. mi 0.92 - Bear right onto Cumbria Way
3 : mi 1.58 - alt. mi 1.58 - Turn right down road
D/A : mi 1.63 - alt. mi 1.63 - National Trust car park
There are toilets just beside the car park, and an ice cream van in summer.
The National Trust car park is a paid car park.
There are plenty of benches on the way around the lake to rest tired legs.
You can extend this walk by an hour or two by walking up from Coniston village. The walk is lovely with a combination of woodland and open views of the fells.
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Tarn Hows is a stunning man-made lake, created in Victorian times. The tarns were created when a beck was dammed up, and the "hows" are the small rolling hills that surround it.
A lovely, gentle walk, climbing up alongside the waterfalls of Church Beck to the quarry at the end of the Coppermines valley, returning via the saddle with beautiful views of Coniston village and the lake. You can end the walk with a well-deserved pint in one of the cosy village pubs. A great walk to start your holiday or to do with children.
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