A view to the NW from Manning Lake, showing the westernmost peaks of
the Belknap Range. Near the far right you can see Moulton Valley, the largest and deepest valley of the range, created by
Manning Lake on its south side, Swett and Piper Mts on its west side, Mt Belkanp on the north, and the very large Suncook
Mt (not tall but with a base covering a very large land mass) on the east side. This valley played a large role in the agricultural
past of the area - in recent times it has been important primarily to wildlife and for forestry. Manning Lake is more pristine
than most water bodies of central NH, being very lightly developed - more than half the shoreline is placed in a conservation
easement that should keep it essentially wild and natural for a very long time.
Photo by Dave Roberts (dcr) Thanks Dave!