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surface, between side screens formed of rocky precipices. By following the stream which issues out of this water, the descent into the valley cannot be mistaken, to Nettleslack Bridge, whence to the inn at Newfield, by the chapel, is only a short distance. The wonderful Walker officiated as clergyman for a long period in this vale. A mountain track from Goldrill Crag leads to

  Birker Force

(Vulgarly Eshdale,) and the first object of interest is Birker Force, perhaps the finest cascade in Cumberland; the rocky cheeks which contain the water are of the grandest dimensions. On the same side of the hill, but lower down in the valley, is Stanley Gill, which may be seen by application at Dalegarth Hall, the ancient mansion or house of the Austhwaite family, which became extinct in the time of Edward III, but now belonging to E. Stanley, of Ponsonby Hall, Esq., M.P. The stream of this vale passes under the woody steeps, on which stands Muncaster Castle, the handsome residence of the Penningtons, seated on the northern banks, amidst beautiful walks and gardens, with a spacious walk, whilst the neighbouring hills enrich the view with their covering of forest trees. On Birkby Fell, the antiquarian may find employment for his conjectural genius in researches among the ruins of the city of Barnscar, the site of which is an oblong of three hundred yards by
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