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lake nor stream, the carriage-road is the only foreground - sweet enclosures repose in their freshness between Helvellyn and the Castle Rock, the How and Naddle, whilst the crags of Wanthwaite frown on a scene, which is closed by the southern front of Blencathra, torn into frightful ravines, and gullies, and precipices. There is an inn here, the King's Head, whence Legberthwaite and the grounds of Dalehead Hall can be more readily visited. A little beyond, cross St. John's Beck, the water of which flows out of Thirlmere, by Smalthwaite Bridge of one arch, which is a fine study for the artist, along with its accompaniments. Thence the road leads through Shoolthwaite Moss, a peat-bog lying between Naddle Fell and the Iron and Gait Crags. Rougha Bridge is another sketch with its neighbouring crags, that should grace the portfolio. A little in advance from this, is a station which displays to the traveller the three mountains of Skiddaw, Saddleback, and Helvellyn, visible to their summits. Blencathra perhaps appears most favourable to the eye, the middle-ground harmonising best with it. The stranger now arrives at Castle Rigg Brow, from whence a prospect, which the last few miles of dreary desolation had not led him to count upon, bursts upon his gladdened sight. The gleaming waters of Bassenthwaite shine amid the well-wooded and highly-cultivated valley, which extends from that lake to the town of Keswick. Crosthwaite church, with innumerable seats, villages, and cottages, lie interspersed
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button -- "King's Head" -- King's Head
button -- Ambleside to Keswick
button -- "Rougha Bridge" -- Rough How Bridge
button -- "Shoolthwaite Moss" -- Shoulthwaite Moss
button -- "Smalthwaite Bridge" -- Smaithwaite Bridge
button -- station, Castlerigg
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