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to Clappersgate, and along the banks of the river Brathay, and at Scalewith-bridge ascend a steep hill called Loughrig, that leads to Grasmere, and a little behind its summit you come into sight of the valley and lake, lying in the sweetest order. Observe a few steps leading to a soft green knoll, and from its crown you have the finest view of the vale, the lake, and the environs. The island is near the centre, unless the water be very low. Its margin is graced with a few scattered trees, and an embowered hut. The church stands at a small distance from the lake, on the side of the Rothay, its principal feeder. On each hand spread cultivated tracts, up the steep sides of the surrounding mountains, guarded by Steel-fell and Seat-sandle, which, advancing towards each other, close the view at Dunmail-raise. The broken head of Helm-crag has a fine effect, seen from this point. Descend the hill, leave the church on the right hand, and you will presently arrive at the great road between Ambleside and Keswick. Here you have Mr. Gray's view, and will see the difference. Mr. Gray has omitted the island in his description, which is a principal feature in this scene.
This vale of peace is about four miles in circumference, and guarded at the upper end by Helm-crag, a broken pyramidal moun-
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