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profitably, an account of those which demand longer time shall follow.

  Ashness Bridge
The road pursues the eastern side of Derwent Water as far as Barrow Common, when it ascends the hill, having Barrow House on the right, Ashness Bridge crossing the stream which forms that cascade. There is a fine retrospective view of Derwent Water, with Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite, and the distant lands. The road then passes through a narrow valley, walled in on the right by steep precipices two or three hundred feet high; while the other side recedes upwards, so that its slopes admit of the plough. Through this defile flows the stream forming Lowdore, which on leaving the valley enters an abyss, rendered gloomy by beetling crags and shadowy trees. The hamlet is in a solitary valley three hundred yards above the surrounding vales: all the houses are richly coloured, and well combined with wood and back grounds. The bridge is worthy of notice, and crosses the stream at its outlet from the lake or tarn, which is large and circular, fringed with trees and guarded by rocky heights. The stream that enters it, flows from Blea Tarn, which is higher up, whence there is presented a most extensive mountain prospect. Leaving this upper story of society, we shall descend into Borrowdale, after passing
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