The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

(See also Lakeside, Haverthwaite)

Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway princess by Dick Van BeekThe Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway was originally built as a part of the Furness line which, in 1869 ran from Furness to Ulverston, to connect with the steamers on Windermere. The line was first closed in 1967, then, in 1970, shortened to end at Haverthwaite. Steam and diesel locomotives still ply a 3½-mile run to Lakeside from Haverthwaite during tourist season. The line goes along the Levens valley beside the river Leven and through the town of Newby Bridge. The trains link up with the Windermere steamers to provide a further journey.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway tank no 1245 by Andrew GallonAt the Haverthwaite end there is an engine shed with a number of engines on show, a picnic area, and a tearoom/restaurant serving homemade scones and local beef, and a souvenir shop. The railway holds special steam event weekends, one of which is a steam gala. At Christmas time special Santa special weekends are offered. Victorian weekends are offered in August.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway Lakeside station by Andrew GallonLakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Co.
Haverthwaite Station, near Ulverston, LA12 8AL
Tel: 015395 31594
Check the website www.lakesiderailway.co.uk for full opening details, fares,and timetables.

Tearoom/restaurant open 9.30am-5pm in season; 10am-4pm (closed St) out of season. Restaurant closed Jan-March.

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos courtesy of Dick Van Beek , Andrew Gallon.

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