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The Yorkshire people put the alternative of dirty and clean rather strongly in their proverb, "Better hev a bairn wi a mucky feace than wash its noase off:" but the Cumberland folk view the matter more in a moral way, and refuse to have their children baptised into thievery.
Kirkfell, which stands backward, between Yewbarrow and Great
Gable, was very tempting to a tourist who explored this
neighbourhood some years ago; and he set out to get to
Buttermere by Blacksail and Scarf Gap. After hours of
walking, he struck into the deep ravine between Kirkfell and
Great Gable; and when he arrived within sight of a lake at
night, he was confounded to find it still Wast Water. He had
walked completely round the mountain, instead of getting on.
We observed to a comrade that this could not have happened
if the tourist had carried a pocket-compass. "And not having
a compass," said our friend, "he fetched one." Wastdale Head
is the place whence the ascent of Scawfell should be made:
but we must defer that; as it would occupy the energies of a
whole day. The party will now return the way they came; for
there is no road, of course, under the Screes, though the
shepherds venture along a perilous thread of a path in the
After breakfast, the travellers will address themselves to the very different spectacle of Calder Abbey and its environs.
After climbing the long hill from Strands, an eager look-out will be kept for the Isle of Man: but the most probable point for seeing it is at the top of the
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