Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows

South Western Lake District

Route: Tarn Hows

Area: South Western Lake District

Date of walk: 13th October 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Mostly cloudy with some bright spells, some rain at the end

We parked at Glen Mary car park and climbed up through the woods alongside Tom Gill, enjoying the waterfalls as we did so. After 15 minutes or so we arrived at Tarn Hows. The tarn is artificial, and was formed in the 19C when three smaller tarns were united, but it now blends seamlessly into the landscape

This is one of the most visited spots in the Lake District. Its beauty and accessibility are a magnet for all and if you like to walk in relative solitude, as we do, arrive early and avoid the school holidays

We set off around the easy path in a clockwise direction, passing through Rose Castle Plantation, and then took the higher of two paths above the tarn leading into Hill Fell Plantation

After walking into the woods for a while we took another path heading back to Tarn Hows and on reaching the shore we retraced our steps back to the start via Tom Gill

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