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the neighbouring grounds that are higher than the houses, may be viewed the lakes of Derwent Water and the Bassenthwaite, with all the finely-wooded and fertile country reaching from Swineside to Skiddaw, a scene which for extent, beauty, and sublimity, can rarely be equalled. Hence you cross the Long Bridge over the Derwent, and passing the church by the high-road or through the meadows of Howray, arrive again at Keswick.
The boating on the lake presents the same grand objects from a different surface and point of view. We should, therefore, recommend the excursion to be left to the discretion of the boatmen, who are also guides. If it could be made by moonlight, the gratification would be intense.
As might naturally be expected, Keswick is surrounded by delightful walks, and is the grand focus from whence rides, embracing every variety of lake and mountain scenery, radiate.

  Crow Park
Lying between the town and lake, and once covered with oaks, though now denuded of its leafy honours, is a gentle eminence presenting several beautiful views, which shall be pointed out by way of enumeration. The first view is towards the head of the lake, beyond which the Borrowdale mountains are observed clustering together above Castle Crag, the conical hill in the centre of the opening. Second, directly west over the lake, between Vicar's
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