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  • Green Tourism Bronze Award
  • Cumbria Tourism Awards Winner
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Coach/Minibus Tour, £27-£39

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway



    'Swallows and Amazons' was the first in a series of children's adventure books which Arthur Ransome wrote when he lived in South Lakeland. On this tour we look at the life of Arthur Ransome and seek out the locations that feature in his books.
    The tour starts with a nostalgic steam train journey to Lakeside Station, Ransome's 'Foot of the Lake'. We then travel through beautiful woodland arriving at Esthwaite Water, an idyllic photo stop.

    Heading next for Coniston Water we pause at Ransome sites en-route before a lunch stop beside the lake.

    An afternoon cruise on the Coniston Launch is met at Brantwood by your guide and we travel down the peaceful east side of the lake to find the locations of 'Wild Cat Island', 'The Amazon River' and 'Octopus Lagoon'. We'll visit the lovely Rusland valley and the churchyard that became Ransome's final resting place.

    Returning to Windermere there's wonderful views over the lake from high up on Gummers How and finally, above the Winster Valley, we find the birthplace of 'Swallows and Amazons'.

    Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

    Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

    We provide services for coach and group operators. Ideal for coach drivers days off. Our 16 seater minibuses make the inaccessible accessible. Group rates: on request.

    Opening details

    Tours run throughout the year. Booking office open throughout the year. Early March - October opening times 8.30 - 17.30, Monday - Saturday. Sunday, 8.30 - 12.30.

    November - Early March opening times 8.30 -17.00, Monday to Friday.

    If office closed, telephone lines open daily 8.00 - 20.00 call 015394 45161 or e-mail


    Adult £39.00, senior citizen (+60) £37.50, children (5-16) £27.00.


    Mountain Goat Ltd,
    Victoria Street,
    LA23 1AD



    Plan route to Mountain Goat Tours and Holidays using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 403965  Lat: 54.36052 Long: -2.92019

    Entering Windermere from the south on A591, Windermere Tourist Information Centre is on the left. Mountain Goat reservations office is located 50 metres down the hill from the information centre.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Windermere station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
    • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

    We provide services for coach and group operators. Ideal for coach drivers days off. Our 16 seater minibuses make the inaccessible accessible. Group rates: on request.

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesEntrance is well lit


    • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
    • YesClear signage
    • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
    • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors

    Public Areas

    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
    • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


    • We have a full accessibility questionnaire available on our website.

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