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Page 89:-
Buttermere, whence it is a mile to the inn, which is more closely and deeply entrenched in mountains than any other.

Is a mile and a quarter long, half a mile broad, and about fifteen fathoms in depth. It is situated in a valley of its own name, and is encompassed by superb rocky mountains. Buttermere Moss and Robinson bound it on the east; the Hay Stacks, High Crag, High Stile, and Red Pike, on the west; and the north end or outlet is separated from Crummock Water by a fertile plain of meadows.
The chapel of ease is a small ancient building, scarcely capable of holding more than two score souls. 'A man must be very insensible who would not be touched with pleasure at the site of this chapel, so strikingly expressing by its diminutive size, how small must be the congregation there assembled,as it were, like one family; and proclaiming at the same time to the passenger, in connection with the surrounding mountains, the depth of that seclusion in which the people live that has rendered necessary the building of a separate place of worship for so few. The edifice is scarcely larger than many of the single stones or fragments of rock which are scattered near it.'
  Scale Force
Scale Force is often visited from Buttermere. From the inn there is a foot-path, but over very swampy ground; it is, therefore, better to take a
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