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Crag upon the left, broad, bold, and finely marked, rearing its aged head to an enormous height, overlooks the embattled projection of Shepherd's Crag on the right. These rocks, exhibiting surfaces of grandeur, are finely contrasted and beautifully enriched with oak, ash, and birch, of which some are large and stately, others picturesque and wild, fantastically expanding over, and impending from, and partially obscuring rocks where vegetation could scarcely be expected. There is a good inn where refreshment may be had at a moderate charge. Further on is a scene greatly and deservedly admired, we mean the bridge and village of Grange, planted on the west banks of the Derwent; the sweetly-wooded Holme Crag and other knolls swell above the houses, over which masses of rock and precipitous crags sublimely tower. The road here, without crossing the water, enters Borrowdale. Along the western side of the lake are two terrace-roads, the lower one of which is commonly used, and commands a succession of scenes replete with gratification. The retrospective views are into Borrowdale, but in front are the islands studding the glassy mirror of the lake, the finely-embayed coast about Water End and Brandelow, with the deeply-indented shores of the rich country beyond, and the town of Keswick overlooked by Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw, and Blencathra. Passing by Derwent Bank and Lodge with Foe Park, you come to Portinscale, a small village on the gentle swell of a hill, which rises from the lake and river. From
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