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chosen, romantic views may be obtained of this most lovely vale and its green-enamelled lake, with the fine old church and the white-washed houses shining out from amidst their wood-girt enclosures. The Swan Inn stands by the road-side, and a little distant on the left, near the church, is the Red Lion. Both these inns will afford sufficient accommodation for a tourist, disposed to journey into the hidden beauties of this and its auxiliary vale of Easedale. On the left, in passing up this valley, the traveller will observe a lofty conical hill; it is called Helm Crag. The summit is composed of vast rocks, in whose forms fancy has discovered the resemblance of a lion and a lamb.
  Dunmail Raise
DUNMAIL RAISE is a large cairn, now marking the boundary line between Westmorland and Cumberland: tradition ascribes it to the memory of a British king of that name, who was here defeated and slain in battle by Edmund I. of England. A little beyond this dreary and wind-swept pass, there is a view, forward, of the cold and forbidding vale and water of Wythburn, bounded by the sloping sides of Helvellyn and Seat Sandal on the right, and by the Borrodale fells on the left, with Skiddaw closing in the view to the north.
Wythburn Chapel.- Opposite to this is the Horse Head Inn, the half-way house between Ambleside and Keswick. A guide may be obtained here for ascending Helvellyn, which is most accessible hence.
Wythburn Water, known also as Thirlmere or Leathes Water, is a narrow and deep lake, divided
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button -- Dunmail Raise Stones
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button -- "Helm Crag" -- Helm Crag
button -- "Horse Head Inn" -- Nag's Head Inn
button -- "Leathes Water" -- Thirlmere
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