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and Lorton - and Tilberthwaite, with its hundred woody knolls - returning to the inn from the head of Yewdale, by a mountain tract, having the farm-house of Tarn Hows on the right. On this road, Coniston Water is resplendently exhibited in its whole length, with all its pretty bays and mazy windings.

  Walna Scar
  Seathwaite Tarn

Is a vale deeply environed amongst mountains of great sublimity; it has no lake, but the copious stream of the 'silver-bright Duddon,' whose feeders flow precipitously from the Shire stones, winds amongst fields, rocks, and hills. The finest part of this valley, is from the chapel to Goldrill Crag. Untutored nature seems to hold absolute sway; the cottages are prettily situated, some being picturesquely adorned with trees. Its highest part, called Mosedale, is tame and unmeaning. This secluded valley may be approached, either by Broughton, or over Walna Scar, or it may be entered at its head over Wrynose and Cockley Beck. The Walna Scar road leaves Church Coniston, and proceeds by an easy path under the foot of Man-mountain, whence there is a steep craggy ascent to Goats Water, whose length is half a mile, and margin stony. The road to Seathwaite Tarn is over a pass, little inferior in height to the Man. This tarn contains on its northern side a rocky island, and Fairfield may be seen over its
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