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Coniston Water

Called in some old books THURSTON WATER, is a lake of considerable magnitude, being six miles in length; but wanting in that agreeable flexure of shores so conducive to the beauty of a lake. Near its foot, however, are some finely wooded, rocky promontories; which from certain points add greatly to the prospect. It has two small islands, but they are placed too near the shore to contribute much to its importance.
  Coniston Water by boat
As the principal mountains lie on the western side and at its head, the best views are in consequence obtained in a progress from its foot, on the eastern side; or from a boat on its surface: but those who have leisure may be gratified by the variety afforded in an excursion quite round the lake.

Its greatest depth is twenty-seven fathoms. It is well supplied with trout and char, the latter are said to be better here than in any other lake; they are taken by nets in winter, and it was formerly supposed they could not be tempted by any kind of bait; however, they are sometimes taken by angling, with a hook baited in a peculiar manner with a minnow.
The inn, at Waterhead, is pleasantly situated on the margin of the lake, and furnishes parties with pleasure boats, a chaise, and a pair of post horses.
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