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Sleep aboard the Goblin: Nancy Black­ett wel­comes new crews for day sails or longer voy­ages (www.nan­cy­black­ett.org)

Sail Swal­low: the dinghy used in the 1974 film is owned by a group of en­thu­si­asts led by Mag­nus Smith (www.sail­ran­some.org)

Galumph down the hill to the lake at Holly Howe of Swal­lows and Ama­zons: Bank Ground Farm on the shores of Lake Con­is­ton is next door to the Colling­woods’ home, the fic­tional Beck­foot. It was Dora Colling­wood’s chil­dren–taqui, Su­san, Titty, Roger and Brigit Al­toun­yan–who in­spired Ran­some to start the books (01539 441264; www. bankground.com)

Stay at Alma Cot­tage, Pin Mill, Suf­folk: the cot­tage where the Swal­lows leave the ‘best of all na­tives’ be­fore set­ting sail in the

Goblin is still a B&B (01453 872551). Next door is the Butt & Oys­ter pub, still lapped by waves at high tide

Sail Teasel of Coot Club on the Norfolk Broads: Lul­laby, the stand-in for Teasel in a 1983 BBC se­ries, can be hired from Hunter’s Yard (01692 678263; www.hunter­syard.co.uk)

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