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We arrive at Windermere/Bowness on the next location stop on the sightseeing tour of the Lake District

Or is it, because as you will discover this is the Swallows and Amazons town of Rio

First published in 1930 the book was written by Arthur Ransome our next legend of the Lake District.

As we drop down to Windermere on the sightseeing tour of the Lake District. We pass through Troutbeck and along the side a Fell called Orrest Head!

It was at Orrest Head that a young 23 year old Alfred Wainwright first discovered the wonder and beauty of the Lake District!

Alfred went on to write, draw and map a Pictorial Guide of The Lakeland Fells. These books are a fell walkers most prized and cherished items.

You can walk all 214 Fells he published in 7 books between 1955 and 1966. Each fell has a set pattern of routes, notes, maps and summit notes to guide you safely up and down the fell.

On the tour as we drop down Kirkstone Pass, you can hear from Alfred himself and discover what inspired him and get an insight into his mind.

Now as we enter the outskirts of Windermere we go into a land of adventure. Because it is not Windermere at all but the town of Rio from Swallows and Amazons.

This is the next stop on the sightseeing tour of the Lake District.

 

The Kirkstone Pass is the next location and stop on the sightseeing tour of the Lake District!

We leave the beautiful and historic Patterdale and begin to snake along the stone walls and road to Brothers Water.

You hear about how Brotherswater got its name, which was previously Broadwater.

We look up to the legendary wild camping cave of the Priest Hole and hear about how Priest's used to hide their in times gone by and why!

Patterdale is the next amazing location on the sightseeing tour of the Lake District!

The most surprising thing about Patterdale is where it's name comes from!