Both children and adults alike have been enraptured with Arthur Ransome’s classic tale of adventure and friendship, Swallows & Amazons, since its release all the way back in 1930.
With a thrilling narrative that combines treasure hunting, swashbuckling and the carefree exploits of childhood – the story has undoubtedly stood the test of time, even receiving a film adaptation as recently as 2016 starring Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire).
One of the main draws of his writing are the vividly beautiful environments he describes. The best part about this? You can visit them!
An admirer of the Lake District and its natural splendour, Ransome combined aspects of many places including Windermere and Coniston Water to craft the vivid world the protagonists of his novels explore.
Read on to find out how you can cast off into your very own Swallows & Amazons adventure.