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Page 68:-
bases and sloping sides are covered with wood almost to their aspiring tops. At Rosthwaite, the principal hamlet, is a small inn. The vales of which Borrowdale is composed diverge from this village, up which the tourist approaches from Keswick to the north; Seatoller leading to Buttermere to the west; Seathwaite and over the Stye Head to Wastdale in a southerly direction; and Stonethwaite to the south-east, which again separates into Langstreth, leading over the Stake into Great Langdale, and Greenup leading into Easedale, and thence to Grasmere.
A little up the road from the inn towards Stonethwaite is a splendid view, the river forming the foreground, and Eagle Crag the distance. The tourist should not fail to proceed to the point where the grains of Greenup and Langstreth separate, which he must do by crossing Stonethwaite Bridge. This makes a picturesque subject, the village composing the middle ground, and the Hay Stacks the distance; then ascend a little way up the wooded rocks on the left, by which means he will command a view of both at once, divided by the towering precipices of Eagle Crag, having Bull Crag directly in front. The mountains of this dale, clad with oaks and ash, yews and thorns, almost to their summits, are the loftiest and most beautiful in Borrowdale.
Keswick to Wasdale, Calder Abbey, etc
Leaving Rosthwaite to proceed onwards to Wast Water, whither we shall pursue our journey, on the left is the neat small chapel belonging to this dale.
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