Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell

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Route Summary:

Easy walk to Black Fell from the popular Tarn Hows

8.8 km 568 m 3 hours

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

Start and Finish: Glen Mary Bridge, Coniston LA21 8DP


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.

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Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav (where applicable): LA21 8DP

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Walk around Tarn Hows and up Black Fell Details

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 Chick

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