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his Dodd; on the south are the flats irrigated by the Derwent, its main feeder; and on the north are the beautiful park-grounds of Armathwaite Hall with Binsey behind. Pike and perch are its principal fish, and salmon pass through to deposit their spawn in the Derwent.
  Wythop Woods

The road passing through the woods of Wythop, which are too thick and umbrageous, though affording here and there partial views of the lake and Skiddaw, we should recommend going round the foot of the lake, and passing by its eastern side to Keswick. The tourist must ascend the road as it rises up the hill, leading towards Ireby, and when immediately above the Haws village, he will have the whole vale below on the right hand, a scene of rich cultivation waving with the golden harvest, the lake stretching along, gleaming and flashing under the dark woods of Wythop; houses, hamlets, woods, and the far-spreading landscape, fading away in the blue mountains heaped together about the head of Derwent Water. This is a view for beauty, grandeur, and magnificence, which has not its superior. From the same point, looking westward, a different prospect is beheld, one almost entirely rural - the vale of Embleton divided from the vale of Derwent, and each swelling out into eminences scarcely aspiring to be hills, and adorned with joyful crops, laughing under the ripening beams of a glowing sun. The descent is rapid down to the Haws, a village watered by a stream called White Water Dash, and issuing from the north side of Skiddaw. The bridge is uncommonly pictu-
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