A famous Harrogate beauty spot has a starring role in the new movie Swallows and Amazons which is released nationwide today, Friday.
Although much of the filming on the water took place in the Lake District at Coniston and Derwent, (and that is what the publicity is bigging up) Plumpton Rocks can be seen in many shots in the BBC’s new feature length film.
Based on Arthur Ransome's classic children's novel with a cast including Rafe Spall, Harry Enfield, Kelly Macdonald and Jessica Hynes, Plumpton Rocks 'plays' Wild Cat Island in the new film.
The film may be about "children messing about in boats" but the historic beauty spot of Plumpton Rocks is considered to be one of the finest 18th Century landscapes in the North of England.
Its renowned Grade 2* listed garden has just completed a major restoration programme under owner Robert de Plumpton Hunter and was recently reopened to the public for the first time in three years.
Located five miles east of Harrogate on the road to Spofforth, the work was necessary partly because the area had become overgrown in recent years, obscuring major 18th century vistas, and the lake had graduallysilted up affecting fish and the natural habitat.