This is a great viewpoint for Tarn Hows, part of a designed landscape created by James Garth Marshall. In 1865 he built a dam to flood the area, which was once three smaller tarns, this created the large tarn as you see today. From the bench, you can see across the tarn to the surrounding fells. It is at its best first thing in the morning or later in the day when it is usually peaceful. On raised ground to the left of the track, just before the bench, there is a memorial to Sir James Scott. This is another vantage point from which the views can be enjoyed. The main track continues for another three hundred metres to Rose Castle Cottage, a National Trust Holiday Cottage
To get to the view point from the Tarn Hows Car Park walk 600m to the view point and bench. There is also limited accessible parking 300m from the viewpoint.
Car parking: in the National Trust car park (pay and display; NT members free)
Toilets: in the main National Trust car park.A National Trust Recruitment Ranger is present in the car park, who will be able to answer questions and provide advice if needed.
In Coniston: further pay and display parking,toilets, shops, cafés and public houses.
Additionally, an ice cream van operates atTarn Hows from April to October.
How to get here:
From Coniston follow the sign posted route to Tarn Hows. Grid reference SD 330 995. Accessible car parking is available at a small area before the main Tarn Hows car park, on the right shortly after a cattle grid. The main car park is about 600 metres further along the road and you can either walk carefully back along the road or use a path across the fields.
Upland Footpath Ranger. A passion for the countryside and a love of the Lake District led me to switch careers. After an initial period of volunteering to gain experience I started working for the National Trust in 2007 and thoroughly enjoy it!