button to main menu   Ford's Description of the Lakes, 1839/1843

button title page
button previous page button next page
Page 66:-
that flows out of Skiddaw Forest; a bridge crosses the beck, and the path will conduct you through Brundholm by a pleasant walk to Keswick.
Keswick being the head-quarters for the Cumberland Lakes, there yet remain many animating excursions for the entertainment of the active traveller.

Not the least interesting is that into this dale, at the entrance of which we were in the ride round Derwent Water. At a distance it seems as if all further progress were staid by a barrier of mountains, but upon approaching this wall, one mountain corner is found to be set a little past the other, so that a winding entrance is left; the gorge is straight, the whole width being occupied by the road and river.
  Castle Crag
Within the entrance is Castle Crag, on which tradition says that an ancient Roman fortification once stood, commanding the pass into Borrowdale. Its summit commands a view northward of the whole encircling shore of Derwent Water, with the village of Grange in the foreground, Manesty, Falcon, and Wallow Crags, being the immediate side screens; Crosthwaite Church and Flatts bound the lake, the woods of Foe Park rise in the west, Castle Rigg and Lat Rigg on the east, and Skiddaw shuts off the scene. To the south, the prospect is into the dale. The Bowder Stone and the wind-
gazetteer links
button -- "Borrowdale" -- Borrowdale
button next page

button to main menu Lakes Guides menu.