Beatrix Potter has left her legacy all over the lakes and I love to visit her favourite places, recreating tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle Duck and friends. (As well as adding a few of my own characters to the adventures!)
Nestled in the lowlands between Coniston and Hawkshead with magnificent mountain views is Tarn Hows, one of the many estates left to the National Trust by Miss Potter. It is a wonderfully tranquil, makes you feel lucky to be alive type of place, the sort that inspires artists to paint, poets to write and those with run away imaginations to see brightly coloured birds singing and little silver fish jumping out of the tarn smiling at me (ok, that last bit might just be me!). With grand old trees, beautiful deep blue water bouncing sun rays from it, view points at regular intervals and a wish log, full of pennies and hundreds of peoples dreams.
The estate was landscaped by its owner James Garth Marshall in the mid 19th century so we can't give all of it's glorious credit to Mother Nature, but I think his landscaping must have been inspired by the already existing spectacular scenery of the area.
The 2 mile ish circular path around the tarn is flat and suitable for feet, paws and wheels! The views are truly picturesque making it a wonderful place to enjoy a stroll, a picnic, some artistic inspiration or a day dream.There are trampers (off road mobility scooters) available in the National Trust car park making this incredible spot accessible for everyone to enjoy. The car park also has a bird watching shelter, very helpful National Trust people and information about other places to visit in the area.