Lake District
circular walk from
Hawkshead to
Tarn Hows

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Tarn Hows is probably the most popular beauty spot in the Lakes, and when you see it you’ll understand why. So to enjoy it at its best pick a quieter time, try an early morning or evening stroll.

Start at Hawkshead church, enter the church yard, St Michaels was rebuilt in the 15th century on the site of an earlier 11th or 12th century chapel.

When Wordsworth lived here, in his school days, the church was whitewashed.

Leave the churchyard as the path goes across fields to Hawkshead hill.

Stay on the road and turn right at the next crossroads, look for two footpaths on the left and take the second.

Follow the path passed the disused quarry to Rose Castle.

Turn left along the edge of the tarn.

There’s a stone to mark the gift of Tarn Hows to the National Trust. Sir John and Lady Scott paid for the property, part of Beatrix Potter’s Coniston estate.

She offered it to the National Trust in 1930 on the condition that the trust must pay half of the value the property, the balance to be her bequest to the trust  on her death.

At the corner of the tarn leave the shore for short walk down to Tom Ghyll water fall before returnig to follow the tarn side path, part of the Cumbria way, under Tom Heights.

The dam at this point was built in 1865, by the Marshal family, to increase the depth and thus joining three smaller tarns together, they also planted the trees.

A little further on an excursion to the top of Tom Heights offers some spectacular views, and is well worth the extra effort.

Views south to Coniston and and a panorama taking in Wetherlam, Elterwater, the Langdales and Helvelyn and further to Esthwaite and Windermere.

Return to the Cumbria way and continue north, until you reach an unmade road

Turn right – there are views first to the Langdales and further along views to Ambleside and Estwhaite.

Rejoin the road and follow the road opposite, after crossing a bridge turn right into a field and follow the signposted path to the wooded knoll, pass through a pinch gate and on toward Hawkshead hill and return by the outward route.

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