button to main menu   West's Guide to the Lakes, 1778/1821

button title page
button previous page button next page
Page 107:-
The prospect to the south is the reverse of that from Castle-crag. The view is full into the rocky jaws of Borrowdale, through which the Derwent is seen pouring his crystal stream, and, after winding through some verdant meadows, which skirt the rocky coast, joining the lake at Lowdore. The lake itself is seen in its full extent, on all sides, with variety of shore, and its bosom spotted with diversity of islands. Castle-crag, in Borrowdale, stands first of all the forest of embattled rocks, whose forked heads, reared to the sky, shine in the sun like spears of burnished steel. In the rear, Langdale-pike, advancing to the clouds his cone-like head, overlooks them all. What charms the eye, in wandering over the vale, is, that not one straight line offends. The roads all serpentize round the mountains, and the hedges wave with the inclosures. Every thing is thrown into some path of beauty, or agreeable line of nature. But to describe every picturesque view that this region of landscape presents, would be an endless labour. And, did language furnish expression to convey ideas of inexhaustible variety that is found in the many grand constituent objects of these magnificent scenes, the imagination would be fatigued with the detail, and description weakened by redundancy. It is more pleasing to speculative curiosity to discover of itself the differences
button next page
gazetteer links
button -- Castle Crag
button -- Derwent, River
button -- Langdale Pikes
button -- station, Latrigg

button to main menu Lakes Guides menu.