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Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead
2.82km from Tarn Hows
The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead is one of the National Trust‘s more unusual properties in that it has an interesting link with Beatrix Potter herself. On display are original sketches and watercolors painted by Potter for her children's stories as well as artifacts and information relating to her life and work. The display changes annually. The 17th-century building is listed as grade II. It was at one time the law office of Potter's husband, William Heelis. Its interior remains substant
The Ruskin Museum
3.7km from Tarn Hows
The Ruskin Museum opened in 1901 to celebrate the life, work, and influence of the Victorian cultural and social pundit, John Ruskin. It holds important Ruskin collections, including watercolors, drawings, sketchbooks, crystals, and personalia. The museum is a registered charity in England & Wales, constituted as The Coniston Institute and Ruskin Museum.
4.29km from Tarn Hows
A beautiful natural 280-acre private water situated in the heart of the English Lake District with excellent facilities for boat or bank fishing. The lake has a mean depth of 6.9m, covers an area of 0.96km² and its drainage area forms part of the larger Windermere catchment. It is designated both as a Natural England Site of Special Scientific Interest and as a Ramsar Convention site on account of its diverse macrophyte community and the well developed hydrosere at the northern end of the lake.
4.58km from Tarn Hows
Grizedale Forest is in the heart of the Lake District between Windermere and Coniston. Head for Hawkshead and climb up into the fells, enjoying the feeling of truly being off the beaten track and surrounded by forests and woodland. Popular amongst enthusiasts of outdoor pursuits the forest is brimming with opportunities for adventure, whilst those who prefer gentler activities will enjoy peaceful woodland walks and a trip to the café.
4.72km from Tarn Hows
Brantwood is a historical house, museum and centre for the arts, also offering a wedding venue and self-catering accommodation with views over Coniston. It was the home of John Ruskin, one of the greatest figures of the Victorian age. Ruskin was a poet, an artist, a critic, a social revolutionary and a conservationist.
5.38km from Tarn Hows
Loughrigg Fell is a superb vantage point for the surrounding fells. For one so short in stature it makes up for any lacking in height by having fantastic views all around and an interesting, complicated top. It is flourished with beautiful woodland, craggy fells, stunning views and lots of those quintessential dry stone walls. One of the nice trekking destinations with tremendous views.
5.79km from Tarn Hows
Blea Tarn lies high above Great Langdale on the pass to Wrynose. This walk offers a great opportunity for all to get out into the fells safely, while enjoying brilliant views of Lingmoor and Pike of Blisco and other surrounding Langdale fells. One of the picturesque location which offers immense natural beauty and also you can spend some nice time there.
Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor Centre
5.91km from Tarn Hows
Brockhole on Windermere, The Lake District Visitor Centre is a visitor centre and tourist attraction managed by the Lake District National Park Authority set in 30 acres of magnificent terraced gardens and grounds stretching down to the shore of Windermere lake, with splendid views of the surrounding countryside. The centre organises a number of activities, including orienteering, kayaking and open water swimming, as well as regular exhibitions.
5.91km from Tarn Hows
A beautiful lake located in a picturesque location which is about half a mile down from the village, where you can hire boats and bikes from Coniston Boating Centre. There are shops, pubs, and places to eat in the village, and a range of guest houses, B and Bs and holiday cottages in Coniston and nearby. More recently Coniston Water was used to transport slate and ore from the many mines worked in the Coppermines Valley above Coniston village. It has three small islands, all owned by the Nationa
National Trust - Hill Top
5.96km from Tarn Hows
Hill Top is a 17th-century house in Near Sawrey near Hawkshead, in the English county of Cumbria. It is an example of Lakeland's vernacular architecture with random stone walls and slate roofs. The house was once the home of children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter who left it to the National Trust. It is a Grade II* listed building.
The Old Man of Coniston
6.16km from Tarn Hows
The Old Man of Coniston is one of the best named fell walks in the Lake District. It has an allure to hikers that goes beyond its unique title. Towering over the small town of Coniston, the fell draws the eye immediately. Starting off above the village of Coniston with views out to Coniston Water and beyond, it climbs through old quarry workings, perhaps a stop at Low Water for a breather before the last section to the summit.
6.56km from Tarn Hows
The Great Langdale valley is a beautiful location some 12,170 acres, much of it in the care of the National Trust. The valley stretches from Ambleside through Clappersgate, Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater, Chapel Stile, to the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, and the glaciated valley of Mickleden. It is a popular location for hikers, climbers, fell-runners and other outdoor enthusiasts who are attracted by the many fells ringing the head of the valley.
6.62km from Tarn Hows
Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes at 3/4 mile long, 1/4 mile wide and with a depth of 55 feet, but it is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’ – reputedly the poet’s favourite viewpoint. The lake is both supplied and drained by the river Rothay, which flows from Grasmere upstream and towards Windermere downstream.
7.1km from Tarn Hows
Dove Cottage in Grasmere, was William Wordsworth‘s home from 1799 to 1808. Here Wordsworth produced the most famous and best-loved of his poems, and his sister Dorothy kept her famous Grasmere journals. He was there with his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808 and penned the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud" after being inspired by flowers the pair had seen on the shores of Ullswater.
Rydal Mount & Gardens
7.19km from Tarn Hows
An interesting Victorian garden, well maintained because it belonged to the poet, William Wordsworth, from 1815 to 1850. It has trees, shrubs, grass terraces, a summerhouse, and herbaceous borders in design terms, close to the Loudon's Gardenesque Style. The house, which was a focus for romantic literature, continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived in family home.
Windermere Jetty Museum - Stories of boats and steam
7.52km from Tarn Hows
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is a brand new major Lake District attraction. It opened its doors in spring 2019 following a £20m development of the site of the former Windermere Steamboat Museum. Its seven buildings house vessels dating back 200 years, including the SL Dolly, thought to be the oldest mechanically-powered one in the world.
7.65km from Tarn Hows
Grasmere is perhaps best known as the home of William Wordsworth, a place he once described as "The most loveliest spot that man hath found." Set alongside Grasmere Lake, Grasmere is shrouded by a panorama of fells and mountains that provide the atmosphere so beloved of Wordsworth and the Romantic poets. Old cottages, faced with pebbledash, and houses of bluish-green local slate vie for attention along the twisty streets of the village.
National Trust - Allan Bank
7.68km from Tarn Hows
A Georgian villa and former home of English poet, William Wordsworth. Today the house is a National Trust property that has only recently been open to the public. Unlike most other National Trust properties, Allan Bank is not a recreation of a period property and many rooms are stripped back, allowing visitors to use their imagination about the building’s potential.
8.18km from Tarn Hows
Windermere River House is an example of beauty and luxury. It sits on two acres of the lush garden right on the banks of the Periyar River, and the loudest sound you’ll hear is the splash of water or the call of a bird. The evergreen forests that surround it host some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, waiting to be explored. It has been one of the country's most popular places for holidays and summer homes since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway's branch line in 1847.
8.34km from Tarn Hows
Orrest Head is an introduction to both hills walking and the Lakeland landscape. The stunning panoramic view is just a short walk from Windermere StationOrrest Head is situated on the northern edge of Windermere not far from the railway station and the town centre. On the summit is a panorama naming the key visible fells which include the Old Man of Coniston, Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Fairfield and the Langdale Pikes. One of the nice trekking destination.
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Tarn Hows, Ambleside, UK
One of the beautiful spots that are most visited in Lakeland. Its sheer beauty surrounded by thick woodland and views towards Wetherlam, the Helvellyn range, and the Langdale Pikes. Tarn Hows is fed at its northern end by a series of valley and basin mires and is drained by Tom Gill which cascades down over several small waterfalls to Glen Mary bridge: named by John Ruskin who felt that Tom Gill required a more picturesque name and so gave the area the title 'Glen Mary'.