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Lakeside Haverthwaite railway

If you love the romantic age of steam, what better than chugging alongside England’s largest lake, with a homemade tea and scone and enjoying the view away to the fells?  

Set in the picturesque Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere, this historic branch line has been delighting visitors since 1973, run by a small band of staff and volunteers. Dogs are welcome on the train free of charge (but not on the seats!) 

There’s a good-sized car park at the Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, just up the road from Newby Bridge, or you can use the smaller car park at Haverthwaite itself. Tickets are purchased online now so buy before you go – you can simply buy a train ticket or a train and boat ticket.

There’s a rather neat Park, Rail & Sail ticket, whereby you can use any car park around the lake, cruise, ride on the train and visit attractions however you like – details on the website.

There’s also a café at the Train Station with views across the Lake to Fell Foot Park. 

In the same area you can explore the Lakes Aquarium, and the Motor Museum, and hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise.  Also, whilst you’re in the area why not have a visit to Stott Park Bobbin Mill – run by English Heritage and the only working bobbin mill left in Cumbria today.  

Fancy a walk?  Head up to High Dam a tranquil spot which is also good for a dip.  Across the lake Fell Foot Park has lots of footpaths and trails, and you can hire rowboats and kayaks. They also have a café.  Nearby pubs and hotels such as the Swan, the Lakeside, and the Newby Bridge Hotel all have great bars, lovely food, and great outdoor seating areas. 

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway