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Windermere, Coniston, and Esthwaite, the Lancaster Sands, and Yorkshire mountains, fill the horizon; in the west, the Langdale Pikes and Wry Nose rise beyond Wythburn Head; the Scafell Pikes, with Great End and Lingmell, the Borrowdale mountains, Glaramara, and Great Gable, stand in bold relief against the sun's declining beams. The Derwent mountains complete the circle, the surface of Bassenthwaite glowing like burnished gold, and the lordly Criffel lifts his azure head over Solway's foaming tide. Helvellyn is three thousand and fifty-five feet above the level of the sea.

The inn is a mile from the head of the lake, which is known by the several names of Leathes Water, Thirlmere, Wythburn Water, and Brackmere. It is about three miles in length, though rarely exceeding a quarter of a mile in breadth; the depth is not above eighteen fathoms, and its waters, which are the most elevated of any, are not remarkable for clearness. Pike, trout, and perch, are the chief fish. It is nearly equally divided by two promontories, connected by a series of wooden bridges and stone causeways at a place where it is fordable. The lower half, containing a small island, presents the most beautiful views; the upper part being more remarkable for wildness and sublimity. Tourists are generally content with
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button -- "Helvellyn" -- Helvellyn
button -- Ambleside to Keswick
button -- "Leathes Water" -- Thirlmere
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