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mountain. It is probably the highest road ever formed in England, being 2700 feet above the level of the sea.- On account of its central situation between the vales of Patterdale, Martindale, Mardale, Kentmere, and Troutbeck, and being connected with others at a little distance; an annual meeting was formerly held here, when the shepherds of the several vales reciprocally communicated intelligence of such sheep as might have strayed beyond their proper bounds; and to enliven the meeting, races and other diversions were instituted; ale and cakes being supplied from the neighbouring villages.- Highstreet affords some good prospects; but being at a distance from any place of entertainment, it is seldom visited by strangers. Pedestrians fond of mountain rambles might, with a guide, pass over it from Patterdale into Troutbeck, or Kentmere; or into Mardale, and thence by Hawes Water to Bampton - from whence are roads to Pooley Bridge, Lowther, Penrith, and Shap.

Wansfell Pike

Rises nearly 1500 feet above Windermere Lake. This is a moderate elevation compared with many of its neighbours; yet it is not deficient in prospects. It affords excellent views of Windermere, Grasmere, and Rydal lakes; the towns of Ambleside and Hawkshead, with the beautifully diversified scenery in the neighbourhood. Further distant are seen the sands of Milnthorp, Lancaster, and
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