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Ride the Lakes Line for cats, rabbits, swallows and amazons.

Forget the car, did you know you can get the train right into the beating heart of the lake District? Take the West Coast Mainline, have a quick change at Oxenholme and relax as the Lake District mountains glide majestically past the carriage window.

Coniston Water

From Windermere station you can hop on a bus for Coniston, the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s timeless ‘Swallows and Amazons.’

There is no hiding point from the Old Man who will be towering above you and reflecting back from Coniston Water. The mountain, who is frequently resplendent in a white head of cloud hair, is popular with ramblers and locals alike.

Coniston Water still echoes with the sound of Donald Campbell’s famous Bluebird, which, as we know broke the water speed record. These days getting across the lake is more of a meander than a sprint. The Coniston Launch, and the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola are popular ways to travel or why not float under your own steam on a paddle board?

If a hike up the Old Man is a little more energetic than you were planning on your holiday, then Tarn Hows is perfect. A simple bus ride from Windermere station, it’s a gentle walk, on a wheelchair friendly path to reach the stunning Tarn itself, which is the ideal location for a picnic, an Instagram selfie to make friends at home jealous or just relaxing on the grass contemplating life. Your dog will enjoy this stroll too.


If you are more of a cat person or even a crazy cat person then you need to hop on the bus to the nearby quaint Lakeland village of Hawkshead. Here you simply must try Kittchen, a restaurant specializing in 100% Cumbrian produced food. That’s a reason to visit in itself, but the other reason visitors flock to Kittchen, is the beautiful and friendly collection of cats who will purr and brush round your legs whilst you enjoy your lunch. They are the best fed kitties in Cumbria!

From cats to rabbits, well Peter Rabbit to be more precise. Come and immerse yourself into all things Beatrix Potter and of special note is the gallery in Hawkshead. The author’s original artwork from all those famous characters like Miss Tiggywinkle and Benjamin Button are on display in a charming 17th century cottage.

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Just half on hour on the bus from Windermere Railway Station is the Hawkshead chocolate factory. Indulge yourself, learn how to make the chocolate and taste taste taste!

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