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Lodore, Cumberland

Historical Description

Lodore, a locality, with a famous waterfall, on the E side of Derwent Water, in Cumberland, 3 miles S of Kes-wick. It forms a fine centre for excursions by lake or land, The waterfall, which is approached behind a hotel, occurs in a profound wide chasm between the picturesque heights of Gowder Crag and Shepherds Crag, is an intricate series of little cascades and cataracts split and disjoined by numerous boulders, makes an aggregate descent of about 360 feet, and in high flood becomes tumultuous, furious, and grand, emitting a muffled thunderous sound audible at the distance of 3 miles. A whimsical rhyming description of it was written by Southey for the nursery. The best view-point of the chasm is the top of a cliff, reached by a climb round Shepherds Crag, and commands at the same time an extensive brilliant prospect over part of Derwent Water and northward to Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.