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Haverthwaite Railway

The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway is a 3.2-mile-long heritage railway in Cumbria, that runs through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Leven Valley. Beginning in the small village of Haverthwaite in the stunning Lake District, the line runs through the beautiful scenery of majestic lakes and flowing rivers, to its terminus in Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway originally opened in 1869, as a branch line of the Furness Railway and a local passenger train. The line was closed to passengers in 1965 and then shut down completely two years later. As a result, a group of rail enthusiasts formed the Lakeside Railway Society with the aim of preserving the line, and it was eventually reopened in May 1973. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction which takes its passengers on a delightful journey back to a bygone era of rail travel.

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Alan Radford
5 stars
“This trip is excellent as it combines regional and cultural experiences with trips on both preserved and main line rail travel with the latter used several times which does not seem to occur on other holidays. It also is based out of a hotel right next to Carlisle main line station which is excellent for railway enthusiasts and is also in the city of Carlisle itself which is also a bonus! An altogether good experience and I must mention the hotel staff. Their attention to us was exceptional, the meals excellent and after such a difficult time for the their trade and for their personal lives thanks to the scourge of covid, their upbeat enthusiasm had to be seen to believed. I do hope even more of these holidays are based at the same hotel to help recognise the determination and commitment of the staff. Thank you all. A final thanks to Tom the group leader. His quiet approach but very high level of availability at the key moments during the trip was very encouraging and reassuring. Thanks Tom. A good experience and well recommended. Regards to all, Alan Radford
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