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mark. At such times the meadows are overflowed, all the way between this lake and Bassenthwaite. Its surface being large in proportion to its depth, causes it to be sooner cooled down to the freezing point; and it frequently affords a fine field for the skaiter (sic). In January 1814, the ice attained the thickness of ten inches.
The fish of this lake are trout, pike, perch, and eels. The trout, which are very good, are taken by angling, in the months of April and May; the pike and perch during the whole summer.
It would be superfluous to enter into a description or enumeration of the different views on this lake: many attempts have been made to describe them - but they must be seen to be duly appreciated.
  Derwent Water by boat
Parties navigating the lake may be landed upon the different islands, and also to view the cascades at Barrow and Lowdore: at the latter place is a public-house where a cannon is kept for the echo, which on a favourable opportunity is very fine; the sound being reverberated from the rocks, encompassing the valley, at intervals proportioned to their respective distances. To such as have not another opportunity of viewing the scenery of Borrowdale, it may be recommended to leave the boat at Lowdore, while walking to Bowder Stone, at the distance of two miles; where is a good prospect of the upper part of Borrowdale, with Castle Crag on the right, Eagle Crag on the left, and Great End Crag in the distance.
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