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Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell

By Dave Chick   

on March 19, 2018    No ratings yet.

Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell

Further Details

Route Summary:

Easy walk to Black Fell from the popular Tarn Hows

This walk includes the Wainwright of Black Fell

Route Start Location: Glen Mary Bridge, Coniston LA21 8DP

8.8 km 574 m 3 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


None on the route, you’ll need to head into Coniston.


none noted

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : LA21 8DP

Limited Car Parking

Public Transport:


Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell

This is an easy walk to the picturesque Tarn Hows and Black Fell, near Coniston in the Lake District. Like many of these Wainwrights that might lack in stature, they make up for in views. Being well placed in the Lake District’s Southern Fells, with Helvellyn and Fairfield in one direction and Coniston Old Man and the remainder of the Southern Fells in the other.

Tarn Hows is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District, and is usually busy in the peak season. If you like your peace and quiet, then you’ll need to time your walk appropriately. Ironically, despite it’s popularity and natural beauty, Tarn Hows (or simply The Tarns) is partially man made. Originally, Tarn Hows consisted of three smaller lakes; Low Tarn, Middle Tarn and High Tarn until a dam was built in the mid 18th century, essentially creating the beauty spot we know and love today.

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Dave is our Lake District local expert, often found in the depths of Cumbria he's the author of his own part on the web, All the Gear but no Idea.
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