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Page 54:-
Isle of Man gradually advancing from behind the western mountains. In a small hollow, if the weather is not too droughty, we meet with a spring of water; and as it is the last by the way, it may be taken advantage of to dilute the brandy, which - with a few biscuits or sandwiches - a provident guide will not forget to recommend.
  trigonometrical survey
We are now upon the verge of a tract bearing the name of Skiddaw Forest, although without a tree. Here the river Caldew takes its rise; and a keeper's lodge has been built by the Earl of Egremont for the protection of the grouse with which the heath is well stocked. A new view to the northward now opens to us, over the narrow part of Solway Frith, into Scotland; and we descry the long looked for pile upon the summit of the mountain. Following a beaten track, we leave a double-pointed hill on our left, beyond which, succeeds another steep ascent of 500 feet, where we suddenly regain a view of Derwentwater and the mountains beyond it. At the top of this steep we reach the last point seen from the valley; it is the south end of a ridge, covered with fragments of slaty rocks; and towards its further end lies the object of our journey, which is marked by a large pile of stones, with a central staff 30 feet high, erected in 1826 by a detachment of the ordnance surveyors. Here the lake of Derwent and vale of Keswick are hid from us; but our attention is now arrested by more distant objects.
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