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into ridges and worn into furrows, forming a scene of wildness and grandeur. Between this and the Man-mountain, is a deep valley, from which the Old Man rises abruptly, and in some places perpendicularly. One half is covered with rocks and stones, the other with vegetation. The ascent is pleasant, safe, and comfortable. On the summit are three beacons of stone - the Old Man, his Wife, and Son. From it, there is a complete view of the fine bays and estuaries of the Lancashire, and part of the Cumberland coasts - the isles of Walney and Man - and in a very favourable state of the atmosphere, the Snowdonian range in Wales. The road may be traced from the top to Low Water, a tarn lying just beneath. Proceeding in a northerly direction under the summit of the Old Man, Levens Water is discovered, a tarn about a mile in circumference, open only towards the south, being enclosed in every other direction, and making a beautiful picture with part of Coniston Water, the hills about Nibthwaite, and beyond, a strip of sea reaching westward from the river Leven. The descent to Coniston, by the side of the stream flowing out of the tarn, is easy and picturesque.

From the inn at Coniston, a leisurely traveller might have much pleasure in looking into Yewdale, with its venerable tree, which is tall and beautiful, though not umbrageous, like those of Patterdale
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button -- "Levens Water" -- Levers Water
button -- "Coniston Old Man" -- Old Man of Coniston, The
button -- "Yewdale" -- Yewdale
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