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    Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk

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    365 m
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    Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk

    The Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk is a fantastic excursion that will lead you through some of the most popular and picturesque areas in the Lake District. While out on the trail, you will visit the Tom Gill Waterfalls and follow the loop around the man-made body of water known as Tarn Hows, where you will enjoy some spectacular views of the surrounding terrain. This walk features easy to navigate and well-maintained terrain, making it perfectly suitable for walkers of nearly every skill level.

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    Route Description for Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk

    Walking the Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular is an extremely popular adventure in the Lake District due to its beautiful scenery and easy-going trails that make it perfectly suitable for families with children. The trail sets out from the car park and follows closely along the waters of Tom Gill, providing the chance to visit the cascading waters of the Tom Gill Waterfalls. From here, you will climb up the gentle slope of the hillside to reach the top of Tom Heights, where you will have an amazing view of the lake. After taking in the views, you will descend the hillside and make your way around the eastern shores of the lake to pass through the Rose Castle Plantation and Harry Field Wood on the return leg of the walk back to the car park.

    Getting to the Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Tarn Hows & Tom Heights Circular Walk from Skelwith Bridge, drive to the southwest on the A593 for 4.8 km, and you will find the car park on the left.

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