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Page 163:-
turn to the left, and cross the hill by High Close, whence are interesting views of Windermere and Langdale, on one side, and the vale and lake of Grasmere, on the other. A road back by Langdale Chapel, will bring him again to Ambleside, after a circuit of nineteen miles, viz.:
3Skelwith Bridge3
2Colwith Force5
Blea Tarn
4Dungeon Gill11½
4Langdale Chapel15½
Ambleside, by Rydal19

Ambleside to Keswick

Swan Inn5
2Raise Gap7
Wythburn Chapel
King's Head Inn11¼
4Castle Rigg15¼
  Rydal Water
Rydal Water is one of the smallest of the lakes, but very beautiful from its wooded islands and shores, which give it an air of great seclusion.- (See page 41.)
  Rydal Hall
  Rydal Mount

Rydal Hall has been converted into a large staring mansion, from the interesting and picturesque form of the old Westmorland hall. In the grounds are two beautiful cascades, extremely pretty as garden scenes. Rydal Mount is the residence of that contemplative, philosophic, and soul-subduing poet, William Wordsworth, Esq.
GRASMERE is a mile beyond Rydal, and is surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains, from any elevated situations on which, and wherever
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button -- "Langdale" -- Little Langdale
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button -- "Rydal Mount" -- Rydal Mount
button -- "Rydal Water" -- Rydal Water
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