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placename:- Coniston Water circuit
parish Coniston parish, once in Lancashire
parish Satterthwaite parish, once in Lancashire
parish Colton parish, once in Lancashire
parish Blawith and Subberthwaite parish, once in Lancashire
parish Torver parish, once in Lancashire
county:- Cumbria
10Km square:- SD39
10Km square:- SD29
road code:- Con

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 9:-
An excellent carriage-road surrounds the [Coniston] water, often on its margin, scarcely ever a mile from it. Passing along the western side, from its foot to Oxen Houses, the mountains compose agreeably with the water, from a variety of stands. Several rocky eminences present themselves on the left, from which both ends of the lake are visible; ... In advancing, the mountains are occasionally shut out by pastures and meadows, their pretty white farm-houses and cottages glistening amid ashes, oaks, and sycamores. ... The road passes the slate depôumflex;t, through low but pleasant pasture and meadow grounds, to the inn at Waterhead.
The best time for traversing the eastern side is the morning. The Coniston fells from above Nibthwaite, are in full glory. Looking diagonally across the water in a north-west direction, the
Page 10:-
water here is embayed, Peel island stretches boldly to the western shore, beyond which, are green fields, scattered woods and rocks, fishermen's cottages and farm-steads, and the awful Man-mountain rising over them, and shutting in the scene. On this side, the middle portion of the road is the least interesting. ...
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

mapping:- Coniston
Brantwood, Coniston
High Nibthwaite, Colton
Water Yeat, Blawith and Subberthwaite

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