Description

In August 1802, Samuel Taylor Coleridge set out from his home at Greta Hall, Keswick, for a week’s solo walking-tour in the nearby Cumbrian mountains, a feat that required both daring and physical stamina. His circular route took in Scafell, England’s highest mountain. He kept detailed notes of the landscape around him, drawing rough sketches and maps as well as describing in words what he saw. These notes and sketches are in Notebook No 2, one of 64 notebooks Coleridge kept between 1794 and his death. 55 of them are now in the British Library. Together, these form a fascinating record of his random thoughts and observations, with drafts of poems and extracts from the books he was reading.

Transcript

part black with green velvet moss
cushions on the ledges / towards
Buttermere, the half is a pale
pink / and divided from the black
by a stream of Screes - I never
beheld a more glorious view
of its kind- I turn & look behind
me / what a wonderful group
of mountains - what a scene
for Salvator Rosa - and
before this glorious Sea with
the opposite high shores &
mountains not a single
minute object to break the
oneness of the view, save those
two green fields of Buttermere

Wha Hem
Dodd
Herdhouse, Bowness Knot
Bannerpe__
Dodd
Gavel Fell, behind, in the same
line with it the red Scree is sharp
knot Brxxx ^ Broom / Knop murton
_______________________
Heck-barley
Grike to the right hand
Ravelyn going up to the Lake
Salter Wood

  1. Transcript

    part black with green velvet moss
    cushions on the ledges / towards
    Buttermere, the half is a pale
    pink / and divided from the black
    by a stream of Screes - I never
    beheld a more glorious view
    of its kind- I turn & look behind
    me / what a wonderful group
    of mountains - what a scene
    for Salvator Rosa - and
    before this glorious Sea with
    the opposite high shores &
    mountains not a single
    minute object to break the
    oneness of the view, save those
    two green fields of Buttermere

    Wha Hem
    Dodd
    Herdhouse, Bowness Knot
    Bannerpe__
    Dodd
    Gavel Fell, behind, in the same
    line with it the red Scree is sharp
    knot Brxxx ^ Broom / Knop murton
    _______________________
    Heck-barley
    Grike to the right hand
    Ravelyn going up to the Lake
    Salter Wood