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Page 144:-
rearing his crested form in front, with Hallsteads on the long low promontory, round which the lake doubles - the woods of Gowbarrow adorning the right - and on the left, Hallin, Birk, and Place Fells. The highest and last reach is two miles long, spotted with a few rocky islands of small importance. The steep and rugged front of Place Fell forms its left boundary, and the precipitous rocks of Stybarrow, oaken-crowned, start up out of the waters on the right, the crags of St. Sunday, Helvellyn, and Fairfield, forming the towering distance.

'Turn where we may, said I, we cannot err
In this delicious region.- Cultured slopes,
Wild tracts of forest-ground, and scattered groves,
And mountains bare, or clothed with ancient woods,
Surrounded us; and, as we held our way
Along the level of the grassy flood,
They ceased not to surround us; change of place,
From kindred features diversely combined,
Producing change of beauty ever new.'
On the whole, this water generally stands confessed the most beautiful and grandest of all, affording the greatest variety of views, in which, however, the sublime unquestionably preponderates.
  How Town
  Old Church

In advancing up Ulles Water, we should recommend the south or Westmorland side of the shore to be taken as far as How Town, where a boat should be in readiness to carry you across to Old Church, Watermillock, inasmuch as the views are incomparably finer, both with regard to the foregrounds and the combinations of the distance.
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