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[wind]ing through it for the space of a mile, to which the Langdale Pikes form a fine distance. On the bridge below stands a summer-house, the only relic of Ambleside Hall, now hid by other buildings from the eye of the stranger.
Scandale Beck, on the road to Keswick, presents some pretty cascades, especially if the walk be extended up from Scandale Bridge. The Nook Bridge and the Gale are equally inviting.


Mountain excursions of moderate elevation, and almost without fatigue, may be made to Skelgill and Wansfell Pike, whence the localities of Ambleside are displayed as on a map, and thus the stranger is enabled to form a better idea of his position with regard to the mighty masses around him. Windermere, also, is seen in a new point of view.

The attainment of the top of this mountain presents a lengthened excursion, attended with more of enterprise and fatigue; it is two thousand nine hundred and fifty feet above the level of the sea, closing on the north the Rydal domain, whence it should be ascended, in a course directed on the left to Nab Scar. In a circular round from this point, Windermere, Blelham Tarn, Esthwaite Water, Coniston, Elter Water, Rydal Water, Grasmere,
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button -- "Fairfield" -- Fairfield
button -- "Scandale Beck" -- Scandale Beck
button -- "Skelgill" -- Skelghyll
button -- Stock Ghyll
button -- "Wansfell Pike" -- Wansfell Pike
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