The Pudding Stone is an enormous boulder, in Pudding Stone Cove, on Coniston Old Man. The name derives from its traditional ‘cloutie’ pudding shape. Its scale is emphasised by the figure of the shepherd, directing his dog to gather a flock of sheep, the ‘hefted’ native Herdwicks (Beatrix Potter’s beloved breed). The impressive waterfall cascades 500 feet down from Low Water, a corrie tarn at 1786 feet.
The Pudding Stone is used by youngsters for ‘bouldering’ – learning rock-climbing skills. Testing ‘free climbing’ (without aids) was pioneered in the Lake District, on vertical precipices with difficult pitches, by rock climbers and ‘cragsmen’. A later generation coined the term ‘Tigers’, to signify mountaineers who consistently climb at a very high standard of difficulty.
Although on a much smaller and more focused scale than the great panorama of Levers Water, Crossland’s vision of The Pudding Stone is equally elemental and atmospheric in character, capturing the wildness of the fells.
Where to see this painting?
The Ruskin Museum
Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria, England, LA21 8DU
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.