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Affords a more complete geographical display of the lake district than any other point within its limits: several of the lakes may be viewed from thence, and the mountains in every direction appear in a most splendid arrangement; while from the south to the western part of the horizon, the distant ocean may be discerned through several of the spaces between them.
According to Colonel Mudge, the height of Helvellyn above the level of the sea is 3055 feet; comparing it with Skiddaw, I estimate it at something more. It is about 2540 feet above the Nag's Head at Wythburn, from which place it is most frequently ascended; the distance here being the shortest, and a guide can be had. It is too steep to make use of horses, but by an active person on foot it is easily surmountable. The ascent on this side is no where difficult or dangerous; it may be commenced at the six mile stone, at the King's Head, or other places nearer Keswick, where the views by the way are less circumscribed that (sic) at Wythburn. By leaving the turnpike road at Fisher Place, the waterfalls in Brotto Gill on the left hand are brought into notice; in one of these the water is projected further from the rock than in any other cascade in the neighbourhood. From this place as we advance in altitude, the lakes of Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite are gradually developed to the sight; Skiddaw and
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