Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Haverthwaite Railway Station
Steam trains throughout the summer
Diesel Trains at quieter times
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a 3 mile long heritage railway running between the village of Haverthwaite, situated on the A590 road 2 miles west of Newby Bridge, and Lakeside, at the southern end of Lake Windermere.
The Windermere Lake Steamers share their pier at Lakeside with the railway, meaning that passengers can get off the boat from Bowness or Ambleside, and step straight on to the train.
Adjacent to the station at Lakeside is the Aquarium of the Lakes, offering yet another option for a family day out. Combined tickets for the boat, train and Aquarium are available. Haverthwaite Station is half a mile from the Lakeland Motor Museum, and again, joint tickets are available.
The line follows the course of the River Leven as it drains Windermere and heads towards the sea. There is an intermediate stop at Newby Bridge, from where you can enjoy a family walk through woodland to the village of Finsthwaite and then on to the beauty spot of High Dam, a man made lake on the hillside above.
From Newby Bridge the line runs on a terrace on the hillside, with views of the river below, passing by the village of Backbarrow, where the Lakeland Motor Museum is situated, before entering a short tunnel and emerging at Haverthwaite Station.
At Haverthwaite is an engine shed that you can browse around, a picnic area, childrens playground, cafe and gift shop. But for many people, the favourite past time is watching the engine uncouple from the front of the train, then run around the loop to return to the opposite end, where it is re-coupled to make the return journey.
A 2 car diesel multiple unit approaches Newby Bridge Halt during February 2017. These units were a common sight on Britain's railways over 50 years ago.