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Wild Cat Island

Swallows & Amazons Adventure
Activity Overview


Made famous by Arthur Ransome, Peel Island lies towards the southern end of Coniston Water. In the book it is known as “Wild Cat Island”. With it's Secret Harbour and accessibility by kayak or canoe, it makes for the perfect adventure for Swallows and Amazon fans of all ages from adults to children. Let Joint Adventures take you on your own Swallows and Amazons Adventure by Kayak or Canoe.

The Trip to Wild Cat Island is usually a half day morning trip starting at 9 am until about 12 pm.  You will probably land at "The Secret Harbour" and disembark to explore the island and see where John, Susan, Titty and The Boy Roger set up their tents and played pirates.

If the weather is clear you will enjoy beautiful views towards the north end of the lake. You can take your boat around the island, or if you are feeling brave, older pirates can do the rock jump into the lake. There's even buried treasure to be found in the shape of a Geo Cache. Find the Cache and leave a message for others who follow.

Having explored the island and left no stone unturned looking for treasure, you will make the return trip to the shore. With photos to remind you this is a trip you will remember.

Please note that on very rare occasions when a trip to the island is not possible we will have an adventure on the shores of Coniston Water.

Wild Cat Island Gallery

More about your Wild Cat Island Adventure

Typical itineraries lasting about 3 hours:

  • Meet at a suitable venue by the lakeside
  • Change (in tents) into paddling gear and sort boats.
  • Journey on the lake visiting Cormorant Island, Shark Bay and Horseshoe Cove.
  • Paddle to Island and explore the Secret Harbour, set up tarps for shelter and of course our Pirate Flag.
  • Return to mainland with the option for more games and a bit of swimming before getting changed.

For added adventure you can also extend your day and visit Trout Tarn (Beacon Tarn) and Octopus Lagoon (Allan Tarn). Talk to us for a customised Swallows and Amazons Day.

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