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Black Combe
  trigonometrical survey

Stands near the southern boundary of Cumberland. Forming the extremity of the mountain chain, it may be seen at a great distance; and is a fine station both for land and sea prospects. In 1808, it was made one of Colonel Mudge's stations, in the process of the Trigonometrical Survey. He calculated its height to be 1919 feet above the level of the sea. Its substance is a rock of clay-slate similar to that of Skiddaw, covered by a large tract of peat earth, which is cut for fuel, and brought down on different sides of the mountain. By the misprint of a single figure in the longitude of this mountain in the 3rd vol. of the Trigonometrical Survey, a great distortion has been caused in some maps lately constructed upon that basis.

Coniston Fells
  Old Man of Coniston

The highest point of Coniston Fell is called THE OLD MAN, from the pile of stones erected on the summit. It is 2577 feet in height, and has a good view of the rocky mountains, Scawfell and Bowfell; and at a distance, the highest point of Skiddaw. Coniston Lake is seen in full proportion, with a part of Windermere. Two tarns appear upon the mountain, the smaller called Low Water, though on a higher level, the larger Levers Water; and on the western side of the hill, but not seen from the summit, is Gates Water, lying at the foot of
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