Swallowdale (originally published in 1931) is the second title in Arthur Ransome's classic series for children, for grownups, for anyone captivated by the world of adventure and imagination.
Swallowdale begins with the four Swallows sailing towards Wild Cat Island. A year has past, the summer holidays have come again, and they are anticipating renewal of their alliance with the Amazons and their friendship with Captain Flint.
Their plans, however, are soon interrupted. Firstly, both their allies and Captain Flint are trapped at Beckfoot by the Amazons' fearsome Great Aunt Maria. Then, when they do briefly escape, John wrecks Swallow, leaving the Walkers unable to camp on the Island.
They move instead to Swallowdale, a secret valley above the lake which Titty and Roger have discovered. There they camp and fish whilst Swallow is being repaired and the Amazons endure the Great Aunt. As the Great Aunt's departure draws near, the Amazons organise a major expedition for the Swallows - an overland trek to the Amazon Valley, followed by the climbing of Kanchenjunga, the largest mountain overlooking the lake.
Drama ensues when Titty and Roger lose their way in a fog on the fells. Later, with Swallow repaired and returned, the Swallows and Amazons stage a race from Captain Flint's houseboat to Beckfoot.
The novel ends with their return to camp on Wild Cat Island for the rest of the holiday.