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Saddleback, Cumberland

Historical Description

Saddleback, a mountain of the Skiddaw group, in Cumberland, rising from a base 5½ miles long, extending northeastward from the Glenderaterra river to the vicinity of Mungrisdale, soaring to a ridgy summit-line about 2 miles long, extending in the same direction as the base, and culminating in a point, called Lenthwaite Fell, 2856 feet above sea-level and 3¾ miles E by S of the summit of Skiddaw. It takes the name of Saddleback from the appearance of the outline of its summit as seen from the E, but it is properly called Blencathara, and is sung under that name as follows by Coleridge:-" On stem Blencathara's perilous height The winds are tyrannous and strong; And flashing forth unsteady light From stern Blencathara's skyey height How loud the torrents throng!"

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.