Drawing 296: Levers Water Beck
Direction of view: NW
Notes: The viewpoint is on the east bank of the beck, just above the footbridge. The path descends the rough fellside as shown in the sketch, but now crosses the beck by a modern footbridge, erected on reinforced banks which probably didn’t exist when Wainwright made the drawing. Peter Messenger’s picture from August 1977 supports this (image 1).
This scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works, although there is a similar view on page Brim Fell 6 in The Southern Fells.
Comments: I visited this location on 25th July 2015, on a ramble around eight sketch viewpoints in the Coniston fells. The sun shone, albeit intermittently, at this location, which is adjacent to an old mine level: image 2. I then went on to the Pudding Stone, my last sketch of the day.
Wainwright notes that Levers Water provided power for the copper mines and is artificially dammed, “the outflow escaping by a subterranean passage”, then to appear in this series of cascades. The feature at the top left in this view is Simon’s Nick, which Wainwright describes as a “sinister gash”. It is man made: a large and dangerous multi-shaft mine opening.