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“Great day out”

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Hard Working Steam Locomotives haul carriages to Lakeside on this steeply graded former Furness Railway Branch Line.Excellent value combined tickets available with other attractions in and around Windermere.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Went here for the day to travel on the steam train and then on the boat at lakeside ,and on to Bowness. With being local you get a 50% discount on the train , 20% in the gift shop and 10% in the café, and free parking. Staff and friendly and very helpful , and the short train ride is very informative with a running commentary of the history of the line .

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jim481955
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We took the boat from Bowness to Lakeside and saw the train waiting. Encouraged by the guards to take the short ride to a very picturesque station. We looked around the sheds at some of the engines and stock being renovated. There was a gift shop, restaurant and clean loos. We took the short but very steep and slippery walk to the view point. The children's play area looked amazing, ingIn. In the drizzle we had a lovely couple of hours.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 966jackyb
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Took the train from Havethwaite to Lakeside. The station was maintained well, with a tea room and gift shop.

You can also check out the other engines in the shed, that’s about 40 yards from the main station area.

Once you board the carriage you are taken on a short ride to Lakeside station.
While on the journey you are told about the history of the line, the station and the engines.
The carriage is also clean and well maintained, just beware of the rogue springs on the chairs digging in your bottom. No springs exposed or damage...just old chair design.

There we caught the boat the Bowness.
This was also lovely with more history about the area and boat itself.
The cost was reasonable at £34 return for two adults.

Well worth a visit. You can also tell the people that work there genuinely care about the job they do.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank daredviper
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Had a little trip on the train after the boat ride from Bowness-on-Windermere to Lakeside.
£6.90 for adult return to the end of the line I didn’t think was that bad, heritage railway need to make the money at the end of the day.
Nice little 3.2 mile stretch of railway through woodland, had a person over the speaker giving a bit of history of the railway and engines which was nice to start with, however this got quite tedious after 10 minutes, especially when started detailing the items they sell in the gift shop and the cost of those items, must have droned on for about 15/20 minutes. When arriving at Haverthwaite have a 5-10 minutes turnaround, popped into the cafe to have a drink, the cooked sandwiches smelt lovely and the cakes all looked very delicious, I was going to have a cream tea until my partner pointed out we only have 10 minutes otherwise we’ll be stranded at a station with nothing to offer other than a children’s park. In the end I’m glad I didn’t get a cream tea as he got a can of pop out of the fridge which cost £1.50!!!! Was ridiculous so didn’t even bother looking in the gift shop which is a shame because I visit a lot of railways and like to put in money to help run it and purchase something, as I know it’s run by volunteers but I also believe in not fleecing those that visit the place and £1.50 for a can of pop just shocked me .

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Vimto2610
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Did the boat from Bowness down to Lakeside then the train to Haverthwaite.
Had lunch at the Station at Haverthwaite which was excellent and served so quickly! I've waited longer at McDonald's!
Made for a good day with a 3 year old with the attention span of a knat, was never at one place so long that he got too bored.
Would definitely do it again.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Z6576FQdavidg
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