Accessible Walks

A Potter Round Tarn Hows

The Lake District has a walk for everyone and this is best exemplified by the National Trust’s Tarn Hows in Coniston. The short two-mile circular route is well maintained and has been carefully constructed to make it accessible for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs. It is also a nice short walk for those unpredictable days when you want some wonderful views but not the chance of getting caught out on top of a fell in the howling wind or rain!


Even though you are not that high up, the views looking out towards Coniston and the Langdale Pikes are inspiring. Remember to pack a picnic so that you can relax by the tarn over lunch. There really isn’t a more peaceful sight, watching the coots play in the calm water. You have a mixture of the best parts of the Lakes here – the tarn (water) and the hows (hills).


If you want to learn more about Tarn Hows you can join a guided tour (times changeable depending on season) and electric scooters, called trampers, are available for those with mobility issues. It truly is a walk accessible for all; exactly what the National Trust wanted in the heart of the South Lake District.


As with many routes around the area, the trail orienteering markers are present along the way, so those of you who are looking for more of a challenge can have some fun too.


If you would like more information about accessible walks in the Lake District, take a look at ‘Miles Without Stiles’.