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waving with ivy and other parasitical plants, form the prison of the immortal Merlin. Legberthwaite Mill at its foot was destroyed some seventy years ago by a water-spout, all the destructive traces of which the healing hand of time has effaced. On the right are the huge, sullen, and severe crags of Wanthwaite, which for terrific grandeur vie with any in the district. Immediately beneath them, on a gentle knoll, is the pleasant mansion of Lowthwaite, overlooking the agreeable vale of Threlkeld. The river, and bridges spanning its stream in different places, form fine foregrounds to various charming scenes. Towards the left, on Naddle Fell, stands the chapel of St. John, secluded from the cheering rays of the sun during a quarter of the year. The road continues till it meets the line from Penrith, and so again passing the Druid's Circle, you reach Keswick.

Is less difficult of ascent than the rest of the superior elevations, and the road from the town is so conducted as to render the way easy either on foot or on horseback. The views in the ascent are perhaps superior to those presented from the summit. One of the finest is where Ormathwaite appears splendidly surrounded by majestic trees, and all the populous and beautifully-embowered plain extending from lake to lake. A little further is an exquisite view of Keswick and the lake, with
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button -- "St John's Crag" -- Castle Rock
button -- "Legberthwaite Mill" -- Legburthwaite Mill
button -- "Skiddaw" -- Skiddaw
button -- St John's Church
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