Treasure to be hunted at Swallows and Amazons farm

A photographic treasure hunt for all ages is under way at Bank Ground Farm near Coniston in the Lake District.

Visitors to the farm, the Swallows and Amazons cafe and tea-room, the guest house and holiday cottages, will find treasure hunt cards in the farm shop, displaying eight locations in and around the farm and its grounds.

What they have to do is find the actual locations, and take their own photos to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

S&A tearoom

Co-owner Shayla Batty said: “We’re looking for the most original and unusual views of places that might be familiar to us, but will be a challenge for our visitors. First they have to find the places in our picture, then take a photograph of their own.”

Photos are to be emailed to

Prizes will go to the best original shots, and the winners – adults and juniors –  will get a free trip in a rowing boat from the Bank Ground jetty.

Bank Ground Farm has strong connections with treasure hunting, as one of the locations in Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s story, Swallows and Amazons, in which the youngsters find a treasure chest on a tiny island on the lake. Swallows and Amazons, loved by generations of children – and adults – opens at a farm called Holly Howe where the children are waiting for a telegram from their father with permission to camp on an island in the lake. Bank Ground Farm was the model for Holly Howe, and was also used as a location in the 1974 film version of the story.



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