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Page 46:-
At the very beginning of the ascent, there is a beautiful cascade on the stream, which is dashed down the steeps of Whelpside. The summit cannot be seen from the road, neither is the mountain itself seen anywhere to so much advantage as some others, from being crowded in on all sides by lofty compeers. Striding Edge and Swirrel stand on the east, Whelpside and Dolly Waggon Pike, with the Middle Tongue, on the west, embracing many noble eminences, beautiful villas, and sweet habitations, within their shadows. The ascent is long, but neither difficult nor dangerous. Arrived at the top, a vast tract of mountainous country is overlooked; the most prominent objects, and those seen with the greatest distinctness, are the lofty mountains as they point towards the sky. Behind these vast masses are hid many interesting scenes, while beneath and beyond are vistas of variously mingled landscapes, whose parts are indistinctly seen. Looking north, Skiddaw and Saddleback appear over Whiteside and Styx; at its foot are Keppel Cove Tarn and Red Tarn, on the edge of which Gough's remains, after having been watched over by his dog, 'through three months' space,' were accidentally found by a shepherd; the middle and lower reaches of Ulles Water and Place Fell on its borders; Angle Tarn and the Calcades (sic) falling towards Hartshope, which cannot itself be seen; and then the tops and ridges of St. Sunday Crag and Dolly Waggon Pike. Far away to the south,
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