Tarn Hows Walk, Coniston, Lake District

On Sunday, Greg got up and went out early to take some sunrise photos at Tarn Hows, which is a Victorian, man-made area of water and woodlands, located outside of Coniston village on the way to Ambleside.

Sunrise over Tarn Hows, Coniston ©2016 Gregory Goldston

Sunrise over Tarn Hows, Coniston ©2016 Gregory Goldston

We found a walking route amongst the pile of information in Nibthwaite Studio that was a circular route starting and finishing at the Tarn itself.

We parked in the National Trust car park and made our way down over the slope. We decided to climb down beside the Tom Gill Waterfalls first. We had left the walking poles in the car and had got less than 200 metres, when we realized how much we needed them!

Tom Gill Waterfall, Tarn Hows, Lake District ©2016 Gregory Goldston

Tom Gill Waterfall, Tarn Hows, Lake District

The route took us down through the woods to Yew Tree Tarn at the bottom.

Yew Tree Tarn, Coniston ©2016 Gregory Goldston

Yew Tree Tarn, Coniston

We then started the ascent along the path that ran alongside the main road. We crossed over and continued upwards until we had some stunning views across the whole valley.

Autumn Glow in the Lake District ©2016 Gregory Goldston

Autumn Glow in the Lake District ©2016 Gregory Goldston

The path brought us down through the woods to the side of Tarn Hows. We made our way back to the car for some lunch.

Greg took his tripod and camera equipment back down to the Tom Gill Waterfalls, whilst I walked around the whole of the Tarn itself.

I was quite surprised to see the local cows. They are black and white but, from a distance, look more like a panda bear than a cow. Apparently they are called Belted Cows.

Belted Cows, Lake District ©2016 Gregory Goldston

Belted Cows, Lake District ©2016 Gregory Goldston

The circular walk was miles was 4.07 miles and the walk around the Tarn was 1.9 miles. The weather had been a real mixture of freezing cold, bright sunshine and heavy rain.

Amanda

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