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the Borrowdale, Langdale, and Wastdale mountains. On the steepest part of the road, Derwent Water gradually unfolds and extends itself in its whole encircling and beautifully-embayed coast, its islands, and its fertile shores and savage boundaries. Hence also the high mountains of Langdale, Coniston, Eskdale, Borrowdale, Wastdale, Buttermere, and Newlands, are observed in an arrangement superior to their appearance from any other point. There are seven distinct tops or heaps of stone, which should be visited in succession by the pedestrian: most of these present interesting and varying views, but the chief elevation is deficient in not allowing a sight of Derwent Water. The grand and extensive prospects embrace five different ranges of mountains: First, Grizedale, rising from the enclosures of Braithwaite. Second, succeeded by Barrow and Stile End. The third range rises from the fields of Newlands, and terminates in Causey Pikes and Grasmire. The fourth in this wild combination, includes Cat Bells, Hindscarth, Robinson, and Red Pike. The fifth and last, is that sublime chain extending from Coniston to Ennerdale. In the distant sea is observable the Isle of Man; the towns of Cockermouth and Workington on the Derwent; the Solway, with Maryport and Allonby; Ireby at the foot of Binsey; Wigton and Carlisle; High Hesket and Tarn Wadling; and Blencathra and Wanthwaite Crags.
The descent will appear to many more pleasing, both as it is easier, and as it is agreeable to see
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