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Saddleback being in view to the north; and the mountains lying to the south-west progressively appearing to rise up beyond the long and uninteresting fell, which lies between the lake of Thirlmere and the valley of Borrowdale.
  Brownrigg Well
On the western side of the mountain, about the distance of three hundred yards from its summit, and three hundred perpendicular feet below it, there is a spring called Brownrigg Well, where the water issues in all seasons in a copious stream; its temperature in the summer months being generally from 40° to 42°: and when mixed with a little brandy, as recommended by 'mine host' of the Nag's Head, it makes a grateful beverage.
This mountain is also frequently ascended from Patterdale; where for three-fourths of the way the ascent is gentle, and gradually opens out pleasing views of the lake of Ullswater, with the scenery around and beyond it. More immediately below, is the narrow vale of Grisedale, surmounted by the lofty St. Sunday Crag, which casts its solemn shade into the valley. On reaching the first ridge of the mountain, the long looked for summit pile is discovered on the top of a rocky precipice, seven hundred feet in height above Red Tarn, which lies enclosed in the bosom of the mountain before us. From hence the shortest way is one that many would hesitate to venture upon; while others might think it a stigma upon their courage to decline it. It lies along the top of Striding Edge, which in
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