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North West Monk Coniston to Tarn Howes Walk

This is one of the most popular short walks in the area, with many well made footpaths through the woods. The walk begins in the National Trust Car Park at Monk Coniston and climbs steadily up through the wild flower meadow to the woodland above. There are views back down to Lake Coniston


The path continues through the walled garden of the Monk Coniston estate.


The path crosses a road and enters more woodland, with a few stone steps and a wooden bridge and the car park for Tarn Hows.


Coming out of the trees there are wonderful views across the Lakeland Fells.



Tarn Hows comes into views, set in a hollow surrounded by the fells. A C19th landowner landowner created the present tarn by damming a marshy area with three smaller tarns and planting spruce and larch. It rapidly became a popular beauty spot with charabancs of sightseers in the summer and skaters in the winter.

When the Monk Coniston estate was put up for sale in 1929, it was bought by Beatrix Potter . The National Trust bought the tarn off her and she bequeathed the rest of the estate to the National Trust in her will. Monk Coniston Hall is now a HF Centre.


There are wonderful views down to the tarn which was covered with waterlilies in July.





It is possible to do a loop around the tarn or return along the same side at a lower level.

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