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Page 176:-
  station, Stone Crag
at once look down from off this desolate country upon one of the finest landscapes in the world; a noble range of fertile inclosures, richly enamelled with the most beautiful verdure: and coming to the brow of the hill, have a most elegant picturesque view of a variegated tract of waving inclosures, spreading over the hills, and hanging to the eye in the most picturesque and pleasing manner that fancy can conceive: three hills in particular are overlooked, cut into inclosures in a charming style, of themselves forming a most elegant landscape, and worthy the imitation of those who would give the embellishments of art to the simplicity of nature.'
The station from whence this description is taken, is about the midway between the third and fourth mile-stone, on the top of a rock, on the east side of the old road, called Stone-crag, which cannot be mistaken. The three hills referred to in the description, are on the near ground of the landscape. There are many beautiful hills and knolls scattered about the valley; some cultivated, others covered with wood, or shining in the softest verdure. But the most remarkable one for picturesque form, is an oval green hill crowned with the ruins of a castle; it divides the valley, and overlooks a town hanging on the side of a steep mountain, this is
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