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Swallows and Amazons actress Sophie Neville explores Arthur Ransome's Lakeland | | Swallows and Amazons
Sophie Neville, President of The Arthur Ransome Society, explores Arthur Ransome's Lake District… Photo: Chris Routledge. 'Where can we find the places described in "Swallows and Amazons"?' As Arthur Ransome died 50 years ago, this daunting question is often asked of me. Having played 'Titty' in the original movie of "Swallows and Amazons (1974)", I remember film locations but, being twelve years old at the time, I needed to embark on a voyage of exploration to refresh my memory. Sophie Neville and Stephen Grendon in Swallows & Amazons (1974). My quest began in 'Antarctica', as 'Titty' called the southern end of Windermere, where we spent our first day filming on the Haverthwaite Steam Railway. I had a chat with the train driver, who explained they now take people from distant lands to Lakeside Station where 'Native shipping' transports them on to 'Rio' (Bowness) or the 'North Pole' (Ambleside). Curiously, the platform looked shinier than when we roared off in a yellow taxi