Tarn Hows – Summer and Winter

22 02 2016

We normally visit Tarn Hows in summer as the tarn, although man-made, is justly famous for its beauty – especially its reflections. Once though, we were at a loose end in thick, soft snow in winter and walked up from Coniston to have a look. Quite some contrast but still beautiful…

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Starting off from the carpark and descending to start the path around the lake…

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Sometimes the lake looks dark and mysterious…

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Other times the light is beautiful and the reflections gorgeous…

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The Langdale Pikes brooding above the tarn’s environs – one of Lakeland’s most famous profiles…

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and the lovely Wetherlam in the Coniston range…

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But the atmosphere changes completely when soft snow falls…

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Round Tarn Hows in thick snow

Even the cows got in theme with this one πŸ™‚

Black & white Galloways and landscape

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34 responses

8 03 2016
surfnslide

Only been once, it was in the cloud πŸ™‚

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9 03 2016
mountaincoward

That’s pretty low for cloud – must have been an awful day

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9 03 2016
surfnslide

Just dreary and foggy, I was staying at the Drunken Duck up the road which was ample compensation πŸ™‚

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9 03 2016
mountaincoward

I used to get very drunk outside the Drunken Duck when I was a 14 year old and working at the nearby Sunnybrow Farm Trekking Centre (sadly, now defunct)

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10 03 2016
surfnslide

It was stunning place but it was over 20 years ago!

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2 03 2016
fedup

I prefer the walk up through the woods past the waterfall but tbh it’s a bit too busy for my liking 😦

Looks good under a blanket of snow πŸ˜€

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2 03 2016
mountaincoward

I never mind people about – I think that’s from when I’m in the clag in Scotland so much on fearsome hills and completely alone – makes you appreciate lots of walkers more!

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29 02 2016
Simon Howlett

Fantastic photos, Carol. Great to see Tarn Hows in winter too. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only visited Tarn Hows once and didn’t take a camera with me either! Will visit it more often in the future.

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29 02 2016
mountaincoward

Wow – that is some place to go without a camera! You really have to go back with your film camera πŸ™‚

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26 02 2016
tessapark1969

Nice photos. I hadn’t been there till 6 months ago. Finding it was harder than I anticipated!

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26 02 2016
mountaincoward

Were you on foot or in the car? There’s quite a maze of little back roads around there!

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25 02 2016
McEff

Fantastic pictures, Carol. Some of my earliest memories are of Tarn Hows. It was the destination of many a Sunday picnic in my dad’s motorbike and sidecar.
Cheers, Alen

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26 02 2016
mountaincoward

I’ve never been in a sidecar – bet it was great! πŸ™‚

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26 02 2016
McEff

Once, going over Hardknott Pass from the Eskdale side, with my dad on the bike and my mother, brother and myself in the sidecar, the front weel of the bike lifted up in the air on one of the steep bits and we all screamed. We made my father turn the machine around and we all went down again.

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26 02 2016
mountaincoward

I would have as well – how scary!

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23 02 2016
LensScaper

Every time we go to the Lakes I walk round this lake, but never under snow – what a transformation. A superb gallery.

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25 02 2016
mountaincoward

Thanks πŸ™‚ It’s a pretty photogenic place though – wonder if it’s possible not to take a good photo there?

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23 02 2016
Blue Sky Scotland

Nice collection of photos. There must be far more of them two tone coo’s living outside Galloway than in it as I rarely see them there. Surprised that black and white image wasn’t used during the ska music revival.as they are a perfect fit for that style.

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23 02 2016
mountaincoward

Yeah, there does seem to be a lot more Belted Galloway cattle in England than Scotland for some reason!

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22 02 2016
chrissiedixie

Lovely photos. I’ve only been the once and that was last year, when walking the Cumbria Way in the pouring down rain! It was still very pretty though. πŸ˜€

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

Although it’s chocolate-box pretty, it isn’t ‘twee’ and it’s definitely a must-see place. I never get bored of it to be honest as the light changes so much.

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22 02 2016
smackedpentax

These photos are superb Carol – especially the winter ones. I don’t know this place so it was really nice to see them.

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

I’m amazed you haven’t been to Tarn Hows – you definitely must go and take your camera.

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22 02 2016
smackedpentax

I have got some plans to go to the Lake District this year. I am going to see Paulus for awhile in Scotland in a months time, then the Lakes πŸ™‚

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

Where in Scotland?

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22 02 2016
smackedpentax

Somewhere near Stirling…havent got his exact address yet

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22 02 2016
Gaslight Crime

very lovely area.

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

It is. I love South Lakes in general but that must be the prettiest place there.

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22 02 2016
Janice D

I walked on Tarn Hows in January 1977. It was magical, I was 17, and it was frozen thick.

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

Did you have a little skate around the edges? I’d have been tempted…

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22 02 2016
underswansea

Wow.Great photos fo a very scenic lake. Sure is a contrast from the seasons. Does the ice get thick enough to walk on?

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

nope – rarely ever does here

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22 02 2016
underswansea

I didn’t think so. There is no animal tracks on them.

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22 02 2016
mountaincoward

It sometimes freezes enough to keep the waterfowls on top of the ice. We were laughing at some one day as it was mating time. The males were charging across the ice towards the females… who just stepped out of the way and let them skid past.

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