Tarn Hows is an amazingly picturesque spot out in the middle of the southern half of the Lake District. It was formerly owned by Beatrix Potter, before she passed the land onto the National Trust. Although a popular destinantion, it is quite remote to get to by car, but within walking distance of many places - Coniston, Hawkshead, Ambleside and the Langdales to name but a few. I think next time we come we'll start off from somewhere like Coniston and head past Tarn Hows on our way to Black Crag or one of the other nearby fells.
We took my folks on a whistle-stop tour of the lakes, stopping in Keswick, Hawkshead and Grasmere along the way. On a day with very changeable weather including some heavy downpours, we were extremely lucky to get sunshine and no rain on our walk around Tarn Hows.
The Tarns themselves are great to look at too, with a variety of woodlands, wetland and moorland around, as well as some unusual looking grazing cows - which we later learned are Belted Galloways.
The walk is short and pleasant and well worth a stop off on a Lake District visit.