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Hawkshead & Tarn Hows

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This Walk was found in Trail Magazine, these lot are known for loving hard walks and I can see why with this little gem. It takes you right into the hills overlooking some great villages and spectacular views over the Cumbrian mountains. Hawkshead can be found at OS Grid number SD3598 a lovely little village in South Lakeland, region North West. There were no fells we wanted to do on the walk just some large crags and lovely tarns to explore with the walk about 10 miles in total we were in for a hard day. After yet again parting with £7 car parking charges (trust me the lake district is the worst county going for parking charges) Hawkshead is a great little place to look around filled with shops. pubs, and also filled with history. William Wordsworth was educated in the local Grammar school whilst Beatrix Potter lived nearby. Everywhere you go around this area William Wordsworth's name crops up, tea rooms, shops everywhere they certainly milk it and looking at all the Americans, and Chinese about it certainly works
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Starting from the Car park in Hawkshead we made our way along the road north to Hawkshead hall then started to go uphill towards Iron Keld and limestone hill and towards Hollin bank, this is where i got some great pictures of the Fells.
One of the best known features of Great Langdale are the Langdale Pikes, a group of peaks on the northern side of the dale. From below, they appear as a sharp rocky ridge, though they are only precipitous on their southern side; to the north, the land sweeps gently to High Raise, the parent peak of the range. The Pikes themselves include (from west to east) Pike of Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark (from Wikipedia). sometime later we arrived at a small Tarn in the middle of nowhere, we can't find the name even on the OS map (Loc of tarn], The tarn was full of Frogs and spawn something I haven't seen for years and years. From the flanks of Ivy crag we again headed downhill to Yew Tree farm, this is an old farm that once belonged to Beatrix Potter the farm now specialises in fine meats mainly Hogget & Mutton, the Herdwick lamb is said to be some of the best, they do mail order so I will order some I think. After yet again heading uphill we arrived at Tarn Hows (Map Loc) this is a great place to visit and the next day we took the car there to have a better look. The Tarn is looked after by the National Trust so we got free parking. The Tarn is manmade and is one of the most popular Tourist attractions in this part of the lake district. You will see I took plenty of pictures around the Tarn and the NT even put up notices to where the best pictures can be found. We started the final leg of the walk back into Hawkshead where a pint of Ale at the at the Red Lion Inn awaited us. A great 9.5 Mile hard slog this one but full of great views just pick a nice day to fully appreciate it.