Monday, 23 April 2012

Tarn Hows

And so we come to the final week of the A-Z Blogging Challenge!

Only a short distance from our caravan, Tarn Hows, a small lake, was a favourite place to visit at any time of the year.

It originally consisted of 3 much smaller lakes, which were merged into one by the creation of a small dam in the 19th century. Originally the area was common grazing land, but came into the possession of the Marshall family of Coniston after an enclosure act in 1862. James Marshall, who was a member of Parliament, had spruce, larch and pine planted around the tarn.

By the end of the 19th century, the area was already well known. H.S. Cowper, a local archivist, said in 1899 that Tarn Hows was ‘beloved by skaters in winter and picnic parties in summer’.

In 1930 the Marshall family sold much of their land to Beatrix Potter, who in turn bequeathed it to the National Trust, which is still responsible for this ‘beauty spot.’

In the summer, it’s frequently very busy with tourists, but we’ve been there when there’s been hardly anyone else around. On one occasion the grass slope leading down to the tarn was so damp that I think we all slipped, slithered and fell at least a dozen times.

My daughters used to love splashing about and swimming in the tarn, and we’ve tramped through the woods around the tarn many times. There’s now a good wide path but in the early days it was simply a stony track. At the southern end of the tarn, the water drains down Tom Gill with some pretty waterfalls.

The National Trust gradually improved car parking facilities, and I was glad to see they finally (about 3 years ago) erected a small building providing public toilets, which was the only thing the area lacked, especially if we wanted to stay there for the whole of a summer afternoon!


  1. Another delightful post, Paula

  2. Another lovely part to get to know!

  3. Love the photos!

  4. National Trusts are so important. Beautiful photos, did you take them?
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  5. I am in awe at the lush surroundings, no matter where you take us. Lovely Paula... simply lovely.

  6. There seems to be an over abundance of beauty in your neck of the woods. Thank you for sharing it!!


  7. Even the name sounds incredibly peaceful and beautiful. The pictures and description due it justice. Thank you for sharing another wonderful palce.

  8. Many thanks for visiting, and for your comments. This little lake is a well-know 'beauty spot' and really is a delightful place, with stunning scenery all around.

  9. This looks like a lovely peaceful spot Paula, when the tourists aren't around at least.


  10. I've been there when no-one else is around, Denise, and it's like heaven on earth. When there are loads of tourists, then it's not quite the same!

  11. You make me want to go to the Lake region for an entire summer. So beautiful and peaceful looking.