Top 5 Lake District Tarn Walks
Remnants of the last Ice Age, carved out by glacial movement and filled with water, the Lake District is home to some of the most beautiful tarns in the world.
These mountain lakes which vary in size all have their own unique character are perfect for a day of hiking, swimming, or simply relaxing and enjoying the surrounding scenery.
Here are our top 5 tarn walks here in the Lake District:
Tarn Hows is one of the most popular tarns in the Lake District, and for good reason. Although man-made, It’s a beautiful, tranquil lake surrounded by mountains. The walk around Tarn Hows is just over 2 miles long and is mostly flat, making it a great option for families with young children. In fact it is listed as a ‘Miles without Stiles’ route.
Angle Tarn is another popular tarn in the Lake District. It’s located in the heart of the Eastern Fells and offers stunning views of Fairfield, St Sunday Crag & the Helvellyn range. The walk to Angle Tarn from Patterdale is just over 4 miles long and is moderately challenging, with some steep & rough & boggy sections. However the views are certainly worth it!
Easedale Tarn is a beautiful tarn located in the Easedale Valley. Situated just 200m above Grasmere, the walk to Easedale Tarn is just over 3 miles long and is mostly flat, again this is a great option for families with young children. Pack a picnic, take your time and make the most of the views once up there.
Blea Tarn is probably one of the most photograpehed tarns in the Lake District, and for good reason. A beautiful mountain tarn situated between the Little & Great Langdale Valleys offering breathtaking views towards the Langdale Pikes. The walk to Blea Tarn is just over 1 mile long, and is mostly flat. A short walk, but definitely worth doing nevertheless!
Levers Water is a beautiful tarn situated at the foot of the Coniston Fells. The walk to Levers Water is just over 4 miles long from the village and is moderately challenging, with some steep sections. The walk passes through the Coppermines Valley and evidence of it’s rich mining history can still be seen along the route.
Top tips for enjoying your walk here in the Lakes:
- Check the weather conditions before you go. The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared.
- Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water. There are limited food and drink options on some walks.
- Wear comfortable shoes. The terrain can be uneven, so it’s important to wear shoes that you can walk in comfortably.
- Be respectful of the environment. Leave no trace of your visit.
- Keep dogs on leads (especially during lambing season). The Lake District is home to thousands of sheep who graze the fells.
Looking to explore the Lake District, take a look at our collection of self-catering cottages (sleeping 2-16). Short, flexible breaks are available.