COUNTRYSTRIDE #79: Arthur Ransome - Life, loves & literature

...in which we descend upon Coniston Water to talk all things Ransome with lifelong Swallows and Amazons devotees Paul Flint and Geraint Lewis. Embarking from Bank Ground – a familiar location to the young Arthur – we journey past springtime Brantwood before crossing to Coniston on Gondola – one of the inspirations for Captain Flint's houseboat. As we travel, we learn about formative Nibthwaite holidays in which Ransome fell in love with Lakeland; we talk about the Great Freeze of 1895, which an unhappy schoolboy was to return to with nostalgia in Winter Holiday; we discuss Russian adventures and the lure of Bohemia; and we discover why lifelong wanderer Ransome – who suffered ill health for much of his adult life – never quite found home. We close, besides Titty's grave, hearing a favourite Ransome excerpt from each of our guests.

  • Paul and Geraint are trustees of the Arthur Ransome Trust. You can find out more about their work at arthur-ransome-trust.org.uk

  • The exhibition 'Swallows and Amazons as Seen from Abroad' will run at Brantwood Saturday 18 June – Tuesday 9 August.

  • An App featuring locations from the novels will soon available via arthur-ransome-trust.org.uk




Bank Ground, with its beautiful location beside Coniston Water.


Our guests for the day: Paul Flint and Geraint Lewis.

Bank Ground - also a fab tea shop.

Approaching Brantwood.

Brantwood daffodils.

Approaching Gondola.

...on we board...

Dave blows the limited production budget on 4 tickets...

We arrive in a busy Coniston.

Paul and Geraint at Titty's grave.