Time for a regroup as we reach Tarn Hows.
They recon that 1 million people visit Tarn Hows every year and although I've no idea how that figure was arrived at, I just don't see how it can be right.
For a not too serious look at the figures; 1,000,000 people divided by 365 days = an average of 2,739 people each day of the year.
OK, I'll go along with that for the time being, so lets say 250 of them walk here from somewhere else, then that leaves 2,489 people all wanting to park here. 4 people in a car sounds a reasonable average, so that's 622 cars a day. Of course people don't come here day and night so I'll go for a (8 hr) 9am to 5pm day, which works out at 77 cars an hour. Assuming that this happens every day and each car load of people stays for only one hour then that would be correct and the figure of one million people would be right.
In reality:- There isn't room for 77 cars at a time so one option would be for more people to walk from elsewhere, say 739. That leaves 2,000 people, at 4 per car, which is 500 cars. I don't think 8 hours is long enough so I'll change it to 10 hours. That's 50 cars an hour, all staying for one hour each. This would still keep us inline with the 2,739 average visitors a day; brilliant, now I'm convinced.
Hang on a second, doesn't it occasionally rain and doesn't the wind often blow in the Lake District, so it only stands to reason that this must result in considerably less than 2,739 visitors on those days. That's not a problem I can alter the figures a little more. Even more people could walk here from elsewhere, (surely there aren't more than 739 people walking here from somewhere else every day of the year) perhaps every car load could only stay for 30 minutes (that's no good, most people come for a pick-nick or a nice stroll, you can't limit them to 30 minutes) we could extend the day to 11 or even 12 hours. Yes that's a good idea, , , , , but what about winter when it doesn't get light until 8.30 and it's black dark again at 4 pm.
Sorry, which ever way I look at it, I just can't see 1,000,000 people visiting Tarn Hows ever year.