Drawing 306: The Pudding Stone, Coniston

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: A new footbridge now inevitably appears on the left hand edge of this view of the Pudding Stone, in Boulder Valley.

This scene also appears as Drawing 19 in A Second Furness Sketchbook: a different drawing, but of an identical scene, including the two (unconvincing) humans and two sheep.

Comments: I visited this location on 25th July 2015, on a walk around eight sketch locations in the Coniston fells.  This was the last of the eight, and I was lucky that extensive cloud cover had largely dispersed, giving excellent conditions.  Two young climbers were attempting various bouldering routes, and – although I managed to get one picture in which neither of them is visible – I preferred this “action shot”, noting that AW’s sketch included two figures.  The climber succeeded in surmounting this problem.

The boulder’s curious name apparently refers to its shape resembling a traditional “cloutie” pudding. In the Ruskin Museum in Coniston there is a painting of it, dating from c.1904, by James Henry Crossland.