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Ranks next in point of size, being nine miles long, but rather wanting in breadth: yet, on account of its winding form, the disproportion is not so much observed. It has the greatest average depth of any of the lakes, being in many places from 20 to 35 fathoms. The country about its foot is rather tame; but its head is situated among some of the most majestic mountains, which are intersected by several glens or small vallies; and their sides embellished with a variety of native wood and rock scenery.

Three rocky islets ornament the upper reach of the lake; they are called Cherry-Holm, Wall-Holm, and House-Holm; the last of which, though houseless, is a fine station for viewing the surrounding scenery.- This lake abounds with trout which are sometimes caught of very large size; here are also some char, but they are neither numerous nor of the best quality. Large shoals of a peculiar kind of fish are met with, called here the skelly; and great quantities of eels are taken in the river Eamont, below Pooley Bridge, as they migrate from the lake in autumn. At the foot of the lake, the water seems to be embanked by a conglomerated mass of pebbles; the same composition forms the finely wooded hill called Dunmallet, which stands like a centinel to guard the pass. The borders of the lake are ornamented with several handsome villas. Ewesmere hill on the Westmorland side commands de-
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button -- "Dunmallet" -- Dunmallard Hill
button -- Eamont, River
button -- "House Holm" -- Norfolk Island
button -- "Ullswater" -- Ullswater
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