Tarn Hows, The lake district

Tarn Hows, The lake district

We first discovered Tarn Hows before we had children. We parked near Coniston and walked up to Tarn Hows, followed the circular walk around it and then walked back down. It stuck in my mind as somewhere to visit once our first daughter came along and we found ourselves back in The Lakes with a 6 month old. Now we park up at the top near Tarn Hows instead of down at Coniston though.

We love visiting Tarn Hows when we are in the Lakes. Not only is it a beautiful walk but it is very accessible for young families. There is a national trust car park (£4.50 for 2 hours, free for NT members) with toilet and baby changing facilities. The walk around Tarn Hows is just 3 km and the path is buggy friendly. Although the path is suitable for prams, be aware there a few short steep sections. We visited whilst we were in the Lake last October and it took us just over an hour to walk around but this is at the pace of a 3 year old who likes to stop to pick up leaves, sit on benches or climb on rocks that she thinks are mountains. You can only begin to imagine her reaction when we discovered cows on the path!

You can find full details of the walk here. The photos below are a mixture that I have taken on our visits over the last 6 years (hence the different weather).


My Petit Canard

Country Kids


  1. January 16, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    That is just beautiful! Really great photos! #marvmondays

  2. January 17, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I’d love to visit there one day. Those photos are stunning.

  3. would like to be a yummy mummy
    January 21, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Really beautiful photos, what a gorgeous part of the world xx

  4. January 21, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    How lovely to see your special places through the seasons and in different weather. It looks like beautiful and a perfect walk with a young family. I believe my parents took me caravanning near here when I was very young, but I have no memory of it, such a shame as it looks amazing. It is easy to see why youlove to return.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • January 22, 2017 / 8:42 am

      The funny thing is, we always visit in October and so these are all autumn photos. It is a stunning area of the country.

  5. January 21, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    That took me on a trip down memory lane. Went there years before I became a Mum, lovely part of the world. Thanks for bringing the memories flooding back #CountryKids

  6. otisandus
    January 22, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    What Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing #CountryKids

  7. January 22, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    The UK is a lovely place. Thank you for sharing this. #CountryKids

  8. January 23, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Such beautiful pictures, you can’t beat a great day outdoors esp when it’s practically free #countrykids

  9. January 25, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    The Lake District is a gorgeous place and somewhere we have yet to take the children – we usually head South (sorry!). This looks like a lovely walk and somewhere which must be transformed throughout the seasons. Lovely photos

  10. September 12, 2017 / 5:55 am

    I absolutely adore the Lakes. It’s quite possibly one of my favourite places in the world. We come here every year and try to find new walks each time we come so it’s good to read about Tarn Hows.

    I’ve written a couple of posts on the Lakes on my blog here – http://www.numbertwentysix.co.uk if you want to check them out! We’re looking to book again for next week and go camping – we’re thinking near Elterwater!

    Kirsty xo.

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      We’ve not been to Elterwater. Love the lakes so much.

  11. December 23, 2017 / 8:00 am

    It’s such a lovely little spot we love it here too!

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