Swallows and Amazons fantasy becomes reality for swimmers

From Northwest News and Features

Fans of Arthur Ransome’s classic Lakes’ story Swallows and Amazons will have a chance to live the adventure for themselves next summer. Ambleside-based Swim the Lakes are hosting a weekend activity holiday which includes a sail on “Captain Flint’s houseboat” and a swim to Wild Cat Island.

The base for the weekend is Low Bank Ground on the shores of Coniston, next to the house, “Holly Howe” where Ransome’s family of “Swallows” spent their summers. The itinerary combines fantasy with reality, exploring the “Amazon River” and “Octopus Lagoon” on Coniston as well as a picnic of grog and pemmican on Wild Cat island itself. There will also be a film night to set the scene, showing the original movie version of Swallows and Amazons…

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