28/07/2017

Tarn Hows walk with waterfalls, woodlands and classic Lake District views

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Tarn Hows is one of the most popular tourist destinations and accessible walks in the Lake District and is a great walk no matter what level of fitness and age!



The best circular walking route to Tarn Hows


Distance: 2.8 miles (4.4km)
Time: 1.5 hours 
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (a few gentle hills - nothing too)


If your planning a trip to Tarn Hows, this  route makes the walk all the more special


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Many people on a visit to Tarn Hows head straight to the car park which is quite near Tarn Hows and then just have a leisurely walk around the Tarns, however I recommend adding a little bit extra onto your route and instead parking in the smaller National Trust car park at Glen Mary Bridge. You would then head clock-wise on the above map route, first passing through woodland and then walking on the path which follows the gill which drains out of Tarn Hows. The first bit of this walk is a nice little woodland walk which is uphill and you'll see some impressive waterfalls. Then you can walk around Tarn Hows (make sure you take the elevated path to the south-eastern part of the Tarn as shown above as this is where the best views are. You will then track a quiet and minor road before heading back to Glen Mary. For any able walkers I would really recommend this route as it's varied and also ideal for children (7+)


Photos of this wonderful Tarn Hows Walk 


So we begin at the National Trust car park at Glen Mary. Its not the biggest so I'd recommend getting here as early as possible




The start of the path and a little information board about the area. Originally this area was called Tom Gill, but John Ruskin gave the area the more picturesque name of Glen Mary!


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It's through the gate and we'll track Tom Gill all the way to Tarn Hows

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The path is well marked and up a (gentle) his most of the way - nothing too strenuous 


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In the height of summer this part of the walk is lush with foliage and almost has a tropical with all the cascading waterfalls around


You can actually get down quite close to the base of this waterfall and is well worth a stop off

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Another impressive cascading waterfall on this route

Tom Gill eventually leads to the Tarn Hows and the path levels out here. The low level path around the tarn is very accessible and even suitable for wheelchairs and childrens bikes

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Another nice spot to take a rest and soak in the veiws



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You can stick to a low level path around the Tarns edge, but I recommend takin the more elevated path at the south-eastern part of Tarn Hows as the views are pretty special!

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This walk is fairly short and suitable for all levels of ability and age :-)

It seems the area is a bit of a haven for wildlife! There were also dragon flies as well as the more well know Herdwick Sheep and Galloway Cattle

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Another perfect place to stop off and admire the views. You have to come off the main path a little to get to this point, and as log as you stick to my recommended route above you'll arrive here at the south-eastern part of Tarn Hows

After our circular walk around Tarn Hows the route follows this quiet and minor route for a short distance

Be sure to come off the road to the right at this point to get on the footpath back to Glen Mary Car park

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It's then a short walk along this quaint footpath back to the car


So that wraps up this guide to what is in my humble opinion the best walk when visiting Tarn Hows. I hope you have found it useful and it inspires and helps in planning your visit :-)

Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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