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  Wallow Crag
From the station we have last described there is a grand view of Wallow-Cragg, a most stupendous bare rock, situated at the high end of Keswick Parks: this is the only good view of it; for if we view it from the opposite shore, the distance away takes too much from its height; and if we stand underneath, it is too terrible to be viewed with pleasure. The height of this enormous mass of stone is 1500 feet, and is so perpendicular, that a man may from the top throw a stone into the Lake. I always recommend both the traveller and painter to view these mountains from the Lake; he may anchor here in five fathoms water; and that I might, (as far as I could,) contribute to his pleasure and convenience, I have sounded the Lake in many places, and marked the soundings in the plan.
  Mr West's third station
Mr West speaks much of a station near this place for the artist: I shall give his own words, for I do not admire it myself; it takes in too much, nor are the objects so distinct as he speaks: besides, Skiddow, which is the back ground, is so far distant as to make it lose much of its grandeur.
"A third station on this side, will be found, by keeping along the line of the shore, till Stable-Hills be on the right, and Wallow-Cragg directly over you on the left: then, without the gate, on the edge of the Common, observe two huge fragments of ferruginous-coloured rock, pitched into the side of the mountain by their descent. Here all that is great and pleasing on the Lake, all that is grand and sublime in the environs, lye before you in beautiful order, and natural disposition. Looking down upon the water, the four large islands appear distinctly over the peninsula of Stable-Hills. Lord's Island, richly dressed in wood: A little to the left, Vicar's-Isle rises in a beautiful and circular form: Rampsholme is catched in a line between that and St Herbert's Island, which traverses the Lake in an oblique direction, and has a fine effect. These are the four most considerable islands on the Lake. Under Foe-Park, a round hill compleatly cloathed in wood, two small islets interrupt the line of shore, and charm the eye in the passage from Vicar's-Isle to Rampsholme. Another islet above St Herbert's Island has a similar effect.
"All idea of river or outlet is here excluded: but over a neck of undulated land, finely scattered with trees, distant water is just seen behind Lord's Island. The white church of Crossthwaite is here visible under Skiddow, which forms the strongest back-ground. The opposite shore is bounded by a range of hills down to Newlands-Vale, where Cawsey-Pike, and Thornthwaite-Fells rise in Alpine pride, outdone only by their supreme lord Skiddow: Their skirts descend in gentle slopes, and end in cultivated grounds. The whole of the western coast is beautiful beyond what words can express; and the North end exhibits what is most gentle and pleasing in landscape."
This station of his I never could find; for unless you go to the top of Falcon-Cragg, Lord's Isle is lost between Stable-Hills and Friar-Cragg, and doth not appear to be an island: nor is Vicar's Island seen, unless you take up your station under Wallow-Cragg; then you do not see the white church of Keswick, as he calls it. He must, therefore, I imagine, have been upon the top of Falcon-Cragg †, or have wrote the description at the inn, and forgot their situations. Take a rule and lay it upon the plan No.VI. from these stations to the several objects, and the reader will be convinced of what I say.
  Barrow Gate
We will next land at Barrow-Gate, and proceed by the side of the wall till we come to the pillar set up by Mr Pocklington below Ashness House, from whence both the Lakes of Derwentwater and Broadwater may be seen. When I visited this place, I had with me Dr Brown's elegant description of it; and it would be only exposing my own weakness were I to attempt to describe it after him; I shall therefore give it in his own words.
Dr Brown
† Falcon-Cragg is a very high rock, so an improper station for the artist.
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