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Storrs on its lengthened promontory, with Rawlinson's Nab - are conspicuous and beautiful objects. Both ends of the lake are visible at once. Rayrigg, standing in the recess of a quiet bay, on a delicate elevation above the lake, presents views over its whole length of extraordinary beauty.

Is the largest lake, being ten miles and a half long by water, and thirteen by land; its breadth varies, though the extreme does not extend two miles; the same may be said of its depth, which is from five to thirty-seven fathoms. Its circumference is about twenty-six miles, and its waters cover an area of from four to five thousand acres. The chief feeders are the streams of the Rothay and Brathay, which unite at the landing-place. The former, descending from the Raise Gap and from Easedale Tarn, passes through Grasmere and Rydal; the bicipitous sources of the latter, rising in Langdale Head and Wry Nose, mingle their streams in Elter Water, and after dashing over Skelwith Force, flow gently to the lake. A stream from Troutbeck enters the lake at Calgarth Park. The waters of this Mere preserve nearly the same level, there being scarcely any perceptible difference either in wet or dry weather; they discharge themselves by the river Leven, and enter the sea in the Bay of Morecambe. Trout, pike, perch, eels, and char, abound in them; and wild fowl of
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