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wad, the greatest precaution has scarcely been able to keep the miners honest. The principal owner is H. Bankes, Esq. Its main use is for the manufactory of pencils, which the artist would now find it a great inconvenience to want.
  Stockley Bridge
  Sty Head

After leaving the mine and Seathwaite, keeping Taylor's Gill on the right, Stockley Bridge will tempt the artist to make a momento of it, and the rest will also prepare him for the ascent up Aaron, which leads in a zig-zag course, till it reaches the Stye Head, one thousand two hundred and fifty feet above the valley. The tarn under Great End Crag is a fine subject for the pencil. A mile from hence up a runner is Sprinkling Tarn, noted by all anglers for its trout. Hence

  Sca Fell
  Scafell Pikes

May be most conveniently ascended. The South Pike, which is three thousand and ninety-two feet in height, is most accessible from Wastdale or Eskdale. This aspiring pinnacle presents a more sublime and not less elegantly-varied range of mountains, dales, and sea views, than either Helvellyn or Skiddaw; a considerable part of the Lancashire, Cumberland, and Scotch coasts, with the Isle of Man and Snowdon in Wales being visible. The Pike which is three thousand one hundred and sixty feet in height on the north peak of the fell, commands a view of Windermere and Derwent lakes; and, upon the whole, presents a more com-
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button -- "Wad Mine" -- (black lead mine, Seathwaite)
button -- "Scafell Pikes" -- Scafell Pike
button -- "Sprinkling Tarn" -- Sprinkling Tarn
button -- "Stockley Bridge" -- Stockley Bridge
button -- "Stye Head" -- Sty Head
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