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[offer]ing a sufficient remuneration for their civility and trouble. Near their dwelling is the humble Chapel of Ease, past which a mountain track leads under Scafell by Burnmoor Tarn into Eskdale.

  Wast Water
Is three miles and a half long, and three quarters of a mile broad, the depth is from forty to fifty fathoms, and it is probably owing to this, in proportion to the extent of its surface, that it has never been known to freeze. Trout in great quantities, and a few char, frequent its waters. The chief feeders are Over Beck on the south of Yewbarrow, and Nether Beck on the north of Middle fell, issuing from tarns near the Haycocks, and running through Bowderdale. The waters are discharged by the Irt at Ravenglass.
Being a border lake, its end lying in the low country, whilst its head is nestled in mountains, it appears from the foot to the greatest advantage, and is under that aspect most distinguished for sublimity. The mountains are naked to their base, their sides and summits are uniform, shooting up into lofty points, and ending in pyramidical forms. Looking upwards, Yewbarrow forms a fine apex; Kirkfell pushes forward its front to the left; and at the head of the dale, the Gable appears conspicuous. On the right, Lingmell comes finely forward, over which the Pikes of Scafell reign supreme. Up the side vale of Bowderdale, is the Haycock; and the
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