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boat and row down Crummock Lake about a mile; on landing, a rugged path brings you to it.

'It springs at once, with sudden leap,
Down from the immeasurable steep,
From rock to rock, with shivering force rebounding,
The mighty cataract rushes.'
This is the deepest fall, the water being hurled downwards in one clear leap of one hundred and fifty-six feet, next, in another forty-four feet. The chasm into which the waters sink, is from twelve to twenty feet in width, and is between two walls of sienite, beautifully covered with trees, which have fixed their roots in the interstices, whilst the sides are clad with a profusion of plants. The coolness and dampness are very great, and will soon warn the tourist from this stupendous scene.

  Crummock Water
Is three miles in length, three quarters of a mile in breadth, and twenty-two fathoms in depth. This lake abounds in trout and char, and receives its main supply of water from Buttermere, from which it is parted by low flat meadows, that are little more than half a mile in breadth. Melbreak rises abruptly on the west side; Rannerdale Knott forms a bold promontory projecting from Buttermere Hawse, which advances up to Grasmire and Whiteside, that close it on the east. Its waters flow out by the Cocker under a pretty bridge. It has three small islands, one a rock, the other covered
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