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rivers, over which are thrown two handsome arches. If the streams are sometimes small, the huge stones and fragments of rocks which are rolled down the beds of these rivers, will serve to show that at other times they are remarkably full and impetuous. The church-yard, [1] in the middle of which stands a neat sacred edifice, commands a fine view of the vale of Lonsdale, almost as far as Lancaster. The murmurs of the streams below sooth (sic) the ear, while the eye is selecting a variety of objects for its entertainment. On the back-ground are the lofty mountains of Gragareth, Whernside, and Ingleborough, the summits of which, when they are not enveloped in the clouds, can scarcely be seen for their high intervening bases. When the top of Ingleborough is covered with a thick white mist (or, as the country people say, when he puts on his night-cap) there are often strong gusts, called helm winds, blowing from thence to that part of the country which adjoins to its base. The like observation is made, by the mariners, of the table-land of the Cape of Good Hope, on the coast of Africa. They are called helm winds, from their blowing from the cloud or helmet that covers the head of the mountains.- Amongst other entertainments, the civil usuage and good accommodations we met with at our inn, contributed not a little to heighten the amusements and pleasures of the day. [2]
Early next morning we set off for Ingleton-fells, or Chapel-in-the-Dale, along the turnpike-road leading to Askrig and Richmond. We had not travelled much above a mile before we came into the dale, which is about three quarters of a
[1] The editor Barnaby's Journal has this distish on Ingleton -
Purgus inest fano, fanum sub acumine collis;
Collis ab elatis actus & auctus aquis.
The poor man's box is in the temple set:
Church under hill, and hill by waters beat.
[2] The writer of this Tour to the Caves was informed of a deep and curious chasm on the western extremity of the base of Ingleborough, about the village of Caldecoates, about a mile or two from Ingleton; but as he did not see it himself, he has not attempted a description of it from tradition.
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button -- Chapel-le-Dale
button -- "Wease, River" -- Doe, RiverDoe, River
button -- "Gragareth" -- Gragareth
button -- Ingleborough
button -- IngletonIngleton
button -- Kingsdale Beck
button -- "Vale of Lonsdale" -- Lune Valley (?)
button -- (road, Ingleton to Hawes)
button -- Twisleton Dale (?)
button -- "Whernside" -- Whernside

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