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'A dreary plain,
With a tumultuous waste of huge hill-tops,
A savage region.'
But from the top is opened out a magnificent scene of mountains, inclosing the Vale of Rosthwaite, Seathwaite, and Stonethwaite, and their wild boundaries. The return from Rosthwaite to Keswick is past the Bowder Stone, and along the banks of Derwent Water; or it may be by the top of Lowdore Fall, for the sake of the view of Derwent Water, Skiddaw, &c.

  Castle Rock
From Keswick the tourist must proceed on the Ambleside road till he arrives at the end of Shoolthwaite Moss, where he will deviate to the right into a rugged cart-road. This leads to the foot of the lake, and thence along its western side, as before described, to Armboth. Cross the lake here, and pass through the park of Dale Head Hall as far as the main road, whence is the fine view of Legberthwaite, with Blencathra as its background. Pass through this rugged valley, affording room for little more than the road and river, to the rock of St. John's or Green Crag. The approach into the valley from Threlkeld displays this rock in the most poetical point of view, and under some states of atmosphere it requires no stretch of the imagination to transform its grey perpendicular masses into an impregnable castle, whose walls and turrets
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