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Page 132:-
A road turns off on the left to Ravenglass; and at the Strands, near the Church, there are two small public-houses, at one of which it may be necessary to take some refreshment, after a morning's ride of 20 miles, and none of the best road.
  Gosforth Cross

About four miles further, is the village of Gosforth, where a tall column carved with unintelligible characters stands in the church-yard on the right; beyond which the roads from Wasdale, Eskdale and Ravenglass become united. We have now left the mountainous district, and entered upon one more cultivated, where the principal views are to the sea, towards which the road seems fast approaching; and the mountain rocks are succeeded by a red sandstone. From hence it is nearly three miles of excellent road to Calder Bridge, at which place are two neat small inns, where lodgings are generally taken for the night. Three quarters of a mile above the bridge, lie the remains of Calder Abbey, mentioned at p.84 to which it is a pleasant walk. The path leads over a rich, cultivated plot of ground by the side of the river Calder - its banks finely covered with wood. The approach to the Abbey is through a close avenue, terminated by an archway, appertaining to a part of the building now converted to farming purposes, on emerging from which the venerable ruin appears to view. The mansion of Capt. Irwin adjoins the Abbey; and Ponsonby Hall, the residence of E. Stanley, Esq. is at a short distance from the bridge.
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