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Page 87:-
[pictu]resque, and indeed the artist may here enrich his portfolio with several choice studies. A chapel of ease is placed here, totally devoid of a single charm. Follow the higher road of the two, to Keswick, because its elevation gives a greater command over the details of the valley, and a peep of the lake. You come into the low road, where a branch leads off to the church, which is old and was built about 1471, on the margin of the lake, not far from the promontories of Bradness and Scarness. On the direct road to Keswick, on the right, is Mirehouse, the seat of J. Spedding, Esq. enveloped in woods. The upper end of Bassenthwaite has been said to bear some resemblance to the Lake of Como. It may be worth while to divert to Millbeck, which is situated on the left in one of those deep gullies in the front of Skiddaw. Derwent Water is seen from it to great advantage, with some pleasing foregrounds that are not always to be had, at least such as are suitable and appropriate. Hence to Keswick the return is through the open vale. From the stone stile leading over the fields, the church, with the Newlands mountains behind, is a pleasing object.
Keswick to Buttermere
The next ramble we shall take is not so extensive, and is comprehended within the last, like a small circle in a larger, touching only at the common point at Keswick.
Passing over the same ground, then, till he reaches Rosthwaite, the observant tourist will discover many new objects to amuse that had escaped
gazetteer links
button -- "Bassenthwaite Water" -- Bassenthwaite Lake
button -- (bridge, Bassenthwaite)
button -- (chapel, Bassenthwaite)
button -- "Mirehouse" -- Mirehouse
button -- St Bega's Church
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