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[com]plete panorama than any other point. These, though only twelve hundred yards in a direct distance, are separated by a chasm called the Mickle Door, costing a distance of two miles' sever travelling to overcome. Very little or rather no vegetation is to be seen on this fell; rocks, and large blocks of stone piled one upon another, are the principal features, and the geographicus lychnicus appears in particular beauty. The distance of Scafell from any house of entertainment, the rugged ground, and the danger of being caught in mists, prevent this mountain from being visited by any but hardy pedestrians, neither would we recommend such even to venture without a guide.

  Wasdale Head
The road is cut in a serpentine manner down the side of Great Gable, having Great End and the Pikes on the left. Over Lingmell Crags, the ground-work of the Pikes, is seen the deep, confined, and fruitful valley of Wastdale Head, with its chapel and half-dozen houses scattered upon a plain of meadow and corn-ground, divided into chequers by stone walls. Beyond, within a bed of steep rocky mountains of pure, unmixed, impenetrable sterility, is the long, narrow, stern, and desolate lake of Wast Water, to the head of which from these houses it is two miles. Refreshment may be had at any of these very respectable statesmen, and the tourist will not offend them by offer-
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