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water here is embayed, Peel island stretches boldly to the western shore, beyond which, are green fields, scattered woods and rocks, fishermen's cottages and farm-steads, and the awful Man-mountain rising over them, and shutting in the scene. On this side, the middle portion of the road is the least interesting. Towards the head, Coniston Hall, with its aged sycamores and groves of trees, form a charming picture, amid the hedge-rows and dependent farm-steads. From Tent Lodge, once the residence of Miss Elizabeth Smith, (that excellent Hebrew scholar and poetess,) there is a beautiful view of the lake, with its church and village of Coniston on its opposite side, backed by an intermixture of the Coniston, Yewdale, and Tilberthwaite mountains.
Should the tourist adopt the plan recommended in the introduction, of occasionally prolonging his stay at places whose neighbourhood present objects worthy of such delay, Coniston Hall will at once detain him, since the following excursions cannot but give great satisfaction:-

  Old Man of Coniston
This almost peerless mountain rises majestically on the west side of the lake, having, at its base, the sweet village of Coniston, its groves and green fields. On one side the ascent is gradual from the base to the summit; on the other, a secondary mountain rises steep and rugged, its point heaped
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