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Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows is one of the most popular sites in the Lake District with a million + visitors pa. It consists of a number of small tarns surrounded by woodland and open fell with the equally famous Langdale Pikes visible in the distance.

The tarns were created in the 19th century by damming a stream, thereby transforming the original low lying marsh into picturesque lakeland at a time when tourism was exciting popular imagination.

The land in which Tarn Hows lies was donated to the National Trust in 1930 by Beatrix Potter. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with a few of England's native red squirrels in residence.

 

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