Our film locations in Swallows and Amazons

In the summer of 2016 we celebrated The Great Swallows and Amazons Summer, as our places provided a backdrop for the enchanting family film. The film brings to life the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, telling the tale of the Walker children’s summer holiday in the Lake District, sailing, camping, fishing and much more. Why not come along and try a unique outdoor adventure with us, in the locations where the story is set?

Film boats moored on the East shore of Coniston

Tarn Hows and Coniston 

Swallows & Amazons came home when Harbour Pictures moored up at some of our places in Coniston for four weeks, to film the new book adaptation. The east shore of Coniston Water, one of the places that originally inspired Arthur Ransome, provided scenes for the new film. From the north end of the site, Peel Island or 'Wild Cat Island' as it's known in the film, is in full view too.

Steam Yacht Gondola with steam

Steam Yacht Gondola

Step aboard the ‘real’ Captain Flint’s houseboat, on our very own Steam Yacht Gondola. Cruise along the east shore of Coniston to view landmarks connected to the story and which appear in the film.

Still from the Swallows and Amazons film

Derwent Water 

The cast and crew also paid a visit to Derwent Water in Borrowdale, in the North Lake District. The film premier was also held next door, at our neighbours Theatre by the Lake.