Tarn Hows, which contains a tarn and lies approximately two miles northeast of Coniston and around one and a half miles northwest of Hawkshead in the Lake District in Cumbria, is a very popular tourist destination as it has a one and a half mile path around this picturesque tarn, which is level, well maintained and suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
This tarn, which is a man made lake, was developed from three smaller tarns – which were known as High Tarn, Low Tarn and Middle Tarn. The stream, which joined these tarns, was dammed during the 19th century.
The views of Helvellyn, Red Screes and the Langdale Pikes are truly spectacular. Interestingly, in 1929 Beatrix Potter bought the Monk Coniston Estate which included this tarn. She sold half the tarn to the National Trust and bequeathed the other half to them in her will. The National Trust, who have provided a pay and display car park near the tarn, maintain this tarn.