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Page 66:-
[en]tertainment, the ruggedness of the ground, and the danger of being caught in a cloud - to which, from its situation, it is more subject than its neighbours - altogether conspire against its being visited by any other than hardy pedestrians: and strangers should so calculate their time that night may not overtake them on such places. To be enveloped in a cloud is of itself disagreeable; cloud and night together would be dreadful.
Horses and carriages may be used as far as Seathwaite in Borrowdale, after which there are various ways of ascending the mountain at the discretion of the conductor. One way is to leave the Wasdale road at the bridge, proceeding by the side of the gill towards Esk Hause, (which some of our learned topographers have converted into Ash-course,) and then turning up the back of Great-end, which presents its bold rocky front towards Borrowdale, and commands extensive prospects towards both Derwentwater and Windermere. Beyond this there are two unavoidable dips and rises before the summit of the highest Pike can be gained. Another way is to follow the Wasdale road to Sty-head Tarn; from thence, with Great-end Crag on the right, pass Sprinkling Tarn and join the before-mentioned route. This is perhaps the easiest way, but rather circuitous. From Sty-head Tarn the ascent may be made by steep clambering to the top of Great-end, which affords fine views by the way, and is nearer then the last. But many - after hav-
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