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over Butterlip How, a little rocky and wooded hill north of the inn, proceed to Goody Bridge. Here the road rises into this quiet dale, and affords a glorious panorama of the surrounding vale, embracing the lake, church, and neighbouring dwellings, with Loughrigg behind. Steel Bridge is an artist-like subject; and Sour Milk Gill and Coldale Fell, as backgrounds to a bridge, compose admirable objects for the pencil. This water runs out of Easedale Tarn, one of the largest of the elevated lakes; Coldale Fell shelters it from the north and west, and Blakerigg appears over the water's head, when viewed from its foot; whence also there is a pretty peep at Hollin Grove, backed by Nab Scar and Wansfell. It will be pleasanter to return the same way back, than to pass forward, as may be done by pedestrians, either into Borrodale or Wythburn Head.
  Dunmail Raise
The Swan inn stands on the high road, beyond the lake and house in which Mr. De Quincy took up his residence. From hence the road is a long and gradual ascent, mounting in mazy serpentines to the Raise Gap; the steepest part of the road is from Highbroad Rain, through the turnpike, to a long dreary pass, through which the wind sweeps in piercing blasts. On the left brawls along the Rothay or Raise Beck, over which towers the naked Helm Crag. On the right of the Raise Gap, is a stream that divides the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, and in wet weather presents a number of fine falls.
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button -- "Raise Gap" -- Dunmail Raise
button -- "Easedale" -- Easedale
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button -- "Steel Bridge" -- Steel Bridge
button -- "Swan Inn" -- Swan Hotel
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