North York Moors CAM

 

Thursday 6th September 2001

Weather: Cloudy

The Lake District

Tarn Hows via Tom Gill

( 2 miles )


Another short walk in the Lake District . . .

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Tarn Hows can be approached from several directions, but this particular route, although it involves a short
but stiff climb up a stony path through attractive woodland, is well worth the extra effort

Starting at the small car park at Glen Mary Bridge ( poet John Rushkin renamed Tom Gill as Glen Mary )
cross a small wooden footbridge and follow the path up alongside Tom Gill and through the trees

 

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As it gains height among the predominantly oak woodland, the path passes a few picturesque cascades . . .

 

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. . . before emerging onto a broad track that follows an easy route all the way round Tarn Hows

 

You can't go wrong as you follow the path either way around the calm waters of the tarn . . .

 

. . . whichever way you choose, you'll enjoy splendid views in all directions

 

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It's difficult to believe that Tarn Hows was created artificially in the 19th century by the simple damming of a beck

 

There are lots of beauty spots to stop at for a picnic and to enjoy the peace and quiet

 

It's worth diverting from the main track along some of the smaller paths that lead to the shore

 

On reaching the gate back at the top of Tom Gill, it's just a matter of retracing your footsteps
down through the woods and back to the car park

 


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