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Page 53:-
[rendez]vous of tourists whilst visiting the northern parts of the Lakes.
We shall now hasten to describe the lake, which is the chief object of attraction, and then the various walks and short tours which can be most conveniently undertaken from this point.

  Derwent Water
Is of an oval shape, three miles long, and one mile and a half broad. Its waters abound with trout, pike, perch, and eels; and are separated from Bassenthwaite by low, flat, marshy, meadow lands. This lake is surrounded by magnificence. On the south, rise the fantastic mountains of Borrowdale; to the north, the solitary majesty of Skiddaw uprears his lordly head; on the east, the steeps of Wallow Crag, Lowdore, and the Gowdar Crag; and on the west, Cat Bells and the clustering mountains of Newlands. It has been said to partake of the majesty of Ulles Water, and the lovely scenery of Windermere. The near views of this lake are from Crow Park, Friar's Crag, Stable Field, and the Vicarage; the more distant are from Latrigg, Ormathwaite, Applethwaite, and along the foot of Skiddaw towards Bassenthwaite. Good bird's-eye views are presented from Castle Hill, Ashness, and Lowdore.
  islands, Derwent Water
The islands rather take from, than add to the attractions of the water. Their uniform roundness and thickness of foliage, with the manner of
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