windermere panoramic
KendalLakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Haverthwaite Station
Nr Ulverston
Cumbria LA12 8AL
 
   
Visitors can combine a cruise on Lake Windermere with a ride on a steam train in a truly great day out on the Lakeside Railway. The railway runs from Haverthwaite Station (located on the A590 near Newby Bridge) to Lakeside Pier on the southern tip Windermere.  The launch travels the length of the lake to Ambleside Town (Waterhead), stopping at Bowness Pier on the way.
 
Some of the launches are also steam powered.  If only a part of this trip appeals, tickets cater for these options.
 
About the Line
The restored railway runs through the Leven Valley beside the upper reaches of the River Leven.  It is hard to believe that 140 years ago this rural route was once a busy industrial line.  Locally manufactured goods such as pig-iron, charcoal, gunpowder, ultramarine and bobbins were being transported for export to the rest of the country.
 
Passenger services provided train-to-boat connections for 19th century summer tourists flocking to the ‘Lakes’ from Lancashire.  These lovely trips on the lake continue to be a special feature of this railway.
 
Journey from Hatherwaite Station to Lakeside Station
Haverthwaite is a typical Victorian station and houses most of the railway’s facilities.  The line terminates at Lakeside after a 15 minutes journey.  This station was built in 1872 and connected with the steamer services plying the lake.  Nowadays it is the direct interchange for the Windermere Lake Cruises ferry services to Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere.
 
Children love Thomas the Tank Engine
The railway runs a number of special events designed for children including visits by Thomas the Tank Engine.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Agoda here:
 
Plan Your Visit 
Timetables & Tickets for Trains and Lake Windermere Boats
Frequent services run during the summer months.  Restricted services operate during the winter. There is an excellent 'Plan Your Visit' page at  Web: Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - Plan your Visit
 
Facilities at Haverthwaite Station
Ticket Office, restaurant, picnic area and gift shop.
Engine shed.
Public transport links.
 
Disabled Access
Disabled toilets at Haverthwaite Station, ramps on to trains, special viewing carriage for wheelchair users. For full details go to the 'Plan Your Day page above.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1539 531 594
 
Getting There
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite railway runs between Haverthwaite Station (located on the A590 near Newby Bridge) and Lakeside Pier, at the southern end of Lake Windermere, for steamer connections to Bowness and Ambleside.
 
There is car parking at all main stations Web:  Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway/ Park
 
There is an easy to follow map on the 'How to Find Us' page of the official website above.
 
Google Maps - Haverthwaite Station