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Page iv:-
serving as large buttresses only. In the presentation of endlessly-diversified forms, these Mountains yield to none, however individually inferior they may be, owing to their being seldom seen in a detached point of view; although, on the other hand, they have thus the advantage of forming combinations at once grand and sublime, towering above each other, or rising in ridges, like the mighty billows of the ocean.
Their general covering is a rich green turf, affording excellent pasturage to large flocks of sheep. The brown of the dying fern, and the purple hue of the heather, add to the variety no less than the beauty of the tints. On some, rocks predominate; others have their fronts torn and ploughed up by bursts and speats of rain, exposing and laying bare the soil.
The Valleys which lie between these masses, are not formed like those of Wales, by the sloping sides of the mountains meeting, so as to leave but little room for any thing but a terrace road and rugged bed of a river; but they wind amongst the hills with intricate and abrupt turnings, and in the level bottoms,
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button -- "Blackcomb" -- Black Combe
button -- "Fairfield" -- Fairfield
button -- "Grasmoor" -- Grasmoor
button -- "Gable" -- Great Gable
button -- "Grisdale Pike" -- Grisedale Pike
button -- "Helvellyn" -- Helvellyn
button -- "Langdale Pikes" -- Langdale Pikes
button -- "Coniston Old Man" -- Old Man of Coniston, The
button -- "Red Pike" -- Red Pike
button -- "Blencathra" -- Saddleback
button -- "Scafell" -- Sca Fell
button -- "Skiddaw" -- Skiddaw
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