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Page 108:-
  roman fort, Hardknott Pass
Hardknot there is a view of the sea, and the Isle of Man in the horizon; and half way down the hill on the right, are the ruins of a place called Hardknot Castle, described in a former page; but having been built without mortar, or cement, scarcely any part of the walls are left standing.
The small river Esk winds along a narrow valley, among verdant fields, surmounted by rugged rocks, and about a mile and a half down the valley is a public-house, formerly the sign of the Wool Pack, about 15 miles from Ambleside. On the left hand, in travelling down the valley, there are two remarkable cascades. The first is seen from the road; but the other, which lies beyond the chapel, requires a walk of more than half a mile to view it. From the hamlet of Bout, a dim tract leads over Burnmoor to Wasdale head; but the road should be kept, nearly to Santon Bridge, when it turns off to the right, to the Strands at Nether Wasdale; where there are two public-houses. After seeing Wast Water, parties on horseback may either go over Styhead and through Borrowdale to Keswick; or by Gosforth to Calder Bridge, from thence by Ennerdale Bridge, and Lamplugh, to Scale Hill, and thence by either Buttermere or Lorton, to Keswick; and with a cart it will be necessary to take the latter route. Sometimes this excursion has been varied, by returning from Wasdale, by Ulpha, to Broughton, and thence by Coniston to Ambleside.
gazetteer links
button -- "Bout" -- Boot
button -- Esk, River
button -- Gill Force
button -- Ambleside to Eskdale area
button -- Mediobogdun
button -- "Dalegarth Force" -- Stanley Force
button -- Strands
button -- "Wool Pack" -- Woolpack Inn
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