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Page 88:-
his notice on the former occasion, even if the weather should produce no alteration in the aspect of the scenery. From this village, instead of proceeding on to Seathwaite, we shall turn sharp on the right up to Seatoller, a small hamlet seated on the mountain's side, in a recess, filled with oak, ash, birch, and larch. From a picturesque wooden bridge, appears in retrospect the mountains at the head of Watendlath and Wythburn, Rosthwaite, Camcoom Head, and Glaramara. The top of this road, which is not passable for carriages, is eight hundred and eighty feet above the Derwent.
  Honister Pass
  Honister Crag

On the right is Yew Crag Quarry: on the left that stupendous precipice, Honistar Crag, rises sheer out of the valley to the height of one thousand six hundred feet, on which are extensive blue-slate quarries. The river that runs through to the lake - 'in light and clouds it has its mortal birth' - is as wild as the valley itself, having no banks but such as are formed of fragments of rocks - no bed, but a channel composed of rocky strata, among which the water forces its course. Lower down is a view of Buttermere, with High Street and High Crag in the distance. The sheep farm-house and others called Gatesgarth, stand at the end of Honistar Crag, half a mile from the head of the lake, which is here seen under the Hay Stacks, High Stile, and Red Pike, with the wooden bridge between Buttermere and Crummock, and the inn. From this hamlet are several fine views of the Lakes. Hasness is on the banks of
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button -- "Gatesgarth" -- Gatesgarth
button -- Gatesgarthdale Beck
button -- "Honistar Crag" -- Honister Crag
button -- "Borrodale Hause" -- Honister Pass
button -- Honister Slate Quarry
button -- "Seatoller" -- Seatoller
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