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[Bassen]thwaite lies through the cultivated vale of Embleton, stretching at a short distance in a direction parallel to that through which the Derwent flows. There is nothing very interesting for a few miles, till the traveller obtains a view of the lake, with the lordly Skiddaw looming over it, his head most probably graced with a tiara of clouds. After descending a hill, the road winds through a narrow dale, with moderate eminences on either side clothed with wood, till it reaches the water's edge: at this point there is spread out before the eyes a sweet view of Armathwaite Hall, the residence of Sir -- Vane, with its trees, single or in clumps, sprinkled over the sloping lawns, the rising grounds behind enrobed with forests, and the silvery lake filling the middle of the picture.

  Bassenthwaite Lake
Is four miles in length, and in some places almost one mile in breadth. Lying on the edge as it were of the mountain district, it is not viewed with the same interest as the others, being less in magnitude and inferior in beauty and grandeur. It has no islands. Its western side is bounded by the Wythop Woods and Lord's Seat, which approach close to the water's brink. Its eastern side is indented by several pretty bays and promontories, as Bradness and Scarness, which present excellent views, and rich cultivated grounds occupy the space between the margin of the lake and the lofty Skiddaw with
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button -- "Armathwaite Hall" -- Armathwaite Hall
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button -- "Skiddaw" -- Skiddaw
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