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into two by a wooden bridge and piers. The lower end of this water ought to be visited, and a pleasant, agreeable tour may be made from Keswick, by approaching it along Shoolthwaite Moss, keeping up its western side, under Raven Crag, as far as Armboth House. Here crossing the lake, pass through Dalehead Park into the public road; thence through Legberthwaite, having the castle rock of St. John's on the right, to Threlkeld, and so to Keswick.
  King's Head, Legburthwaite
King's Head is a decent house of entertainment, situated in Legberthwaite, a vale which comprises as much pastoral beauty, enclosed in as much stern and wildly-magnificent scenery, as any in the district. A little beyond this, the picturesque bridge of Smalthwaite spans, with a single arch, St. John's Beck, in its progress to unite its streams with the Glenderamaken and the Glenderaterra, after which it is known as the Greta.
Castle Rigg.- Before arriving here, you pass through the dreary moss of Shoolthwaite, whence there is a retrospective view of Helvellyn from his base to his crown. The view from Castle Rigg must be left to speak for itself.
KESWICK, a small market-town between the foot of Skiddaw and Derwent Water. It may be considered as the capital of the Lakes, and is frequented by a great number of visitors during the season, who make excursions from it to the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains. It has manufactures of woollens, black lead pencils, spades, &c.
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