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lake stretching up to the high mountains. There is a public-house here, where refreshment may be had.
  Calder Bridge
  Calder Abbey

Calder Bridge.- From Ennerdale the traveller must proceed over the bleak fells of Copeland Forest, significantly called Cold Fell, to Calder Bridge, where are two inns, at which accommodation for the night may be obtained. A beautiful walk up the river leads to Calder Abbey, a fine specimen of Norman and early English architecture. Close to the village, in a spacious park, stands Ponsonby Hall.
On the second day, the tourist must proceed to
  The Strands

Gosforth, a large, irregularly-built village, where the antiquarian tourist will be gratified by the inspection of a tall and beautifully ornamented pillar, which stands in the churchyard, on the south side. From this village, two roads lead to Wast Water - one directly to the left, over rising grounds, which brings you immediately to the lake; the other is by the Strands. Here are two good inns, about a mile and a half below the foot of the lake. At Crookhead is a very picturesque cottage.
  Wast Water
WAST WATER.- The principal approach to this lake is that by which we have introduced the tourist to it, viz. by the foot. This lake is well worth the notice of the traveller who is not afraid of fatigue: no part of the country is more distinguished by sublimity.
  Wasdale Head
Wastdale Head contains only a few scattered houses; and its small chapel has only eight pews, and is without a burial-ground.
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button -- St Olaf's Church
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button -- "Wastdale Head" -- Wasdale Head
button -- "Wast Water" -- Wast Water
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