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Page 118:-

Lakes, third tour
  Gosforth, Calder Bridge, Ennerdale, Loweswater

STRANDS to Gosforth3
4Calder Bridge7
7Ennerdale Bridge14
3Lamplugh Cross17
4Lowes Water21
2Scale Hill23
  Wast Water
  The Screes

The objection to seeing Wast Water early in the morning, is that Scawfell may too probably be covered with clouds. He does not take off his night cap so soon as the pleasure-seekers. On this account, we have preferred, when weather was favourable, the Fellfoot way to Strands, as leaving time for an evening drive to Wastdale Head,- five miles and back again. The travellers by Broughton must no doubt wait till the morning. Taking a cup of tea and a crust, and ordering breakfast for two hours hence, the party may start early for the far-famed Wast Water,- the most solemn and imposing of all the lakes. For some way, the road is a pretty lane, with frequent gates, till the beautiful abode of Crook End, the seat of Stanfield Rawson, Esq., is passed. Hawlghyll and the other fissures are probably breathing forth their vapours, which keep ascending all the way. There are the Screes, with the grey and still lake,- too deep to be ever frozen, lying at the base of their prodigious sweep.
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