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a National Trust Attraction in the town of Coniston, in the county of Cumbria

About Tarn Hows

This exceptional magical landscape is known as Beatrix Potter Country. For it is here amongst Lakeland's magnificent tarns and fells that the celebrated writer lived and wrote many of her famous children's stories.

The natural beauty of the area is awesome with breathtaking views at every turn. It is wonderful walking country where at every season on a challenging walk you can encounter the changing colours of nature. The vast Lakeland sky can turn the water of the tarn from the rich gold of summer to deep pewter in heavy winter frosts, whilst the summer sun brings forth a burst of pale green buds on bushes and trees and later, with the arrival of autumn the ground on which you tramp becomes a carpet of pine needles and leaves in a myriad of shades from glowing burnished gold to red and deep purple. This is a region to be savoured and enjoyed all through the year, but perhaps it is never more delightful than when the towering peaks surrounding the tarn are tipped with glistening snow.

Looking around it is easy to see why Beatrix Potter purchased Tarn Howe for it must have been from this beautiful landscape that she drew much of the inspiration for her works. The air is heavy with atmosphere and often there is the opportunity to see the tiny creatures that Beatrix brought to life, squirrel's, ducks and rabbits with the occasional glimpse of a shy red deer. Later, Miss Potter gave Tarn Howe to the National Trust, thus ensuring its beauty is preserved.

Tarn Howe is close to Coniston and is passed by the Cumbrian Way footpath.

There are sheltered picnic areas and a car park.

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