As I mentioned before, I've always been a bit blasé about the scenery in the Lake District. It's feasible that I've been looking for something more spectacular, my perception blunted by American landmarks. Perhaps I never went at the right time of year. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention at all. We went for a walk at Tarn Hows one day and it all really got me.
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And then the sun came out and I wanted to go around and see it all again! But we didn't.
The name, Tarn Hows, like many of the local names seemed strange to me. The National Trust was ready for my question with a sign:
Why Tarn Hows?
Viking settlers from Scandinavia began to arrive in the Lake District between the seventh and ninth centuries. The Norse language left a large impression upon Cumbrian place names. Tarn Hows is a good example of this.
A Tarn is a small mountain lake. This name comes from the Norse word, tjorn which means teardrop, used to describe any small body of water.
Hows derives from the Norse word haugr which means hill. Other variations of this word seen around Cumbria include; how, howe and haw.
Therefore Tarn Hows is aptly named; a small lake set amongst the rolling hills."