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  Black Combe
Rightly so called from the gloomy heather on its surface, may be most eligibly ascended from this town, a very gentle ascent leading to its summit. The base being at the extremity of the mountain chain, on the sea-shore between Ravenglass and the estuary of the Duddon, the prospect is one of great variety. The sublime ocean forms one-half of the circumference, with Peel Castle and the Isle of Walney on the south; in the west, the Isle of Man is a conspicuous object; the fine indented coast, the bulwark of Cumberland, trends away to the north; the towns of Egremont and Ravenglass, Bootle and Broughton, give animation to the scene; the beauties of Duddon repose at the feet; and far in the east, a mighty assemblage of mountains rear their gigantic heads.
It will produce an agreeable variety to make the return to Broughton, and by Torver, back to Coniston Water-head.
Coniston to Hawkshead
With feelings of mingled delight and regret, the tourist may now leave Coniston and proceed to Hawkshead, over a road wild and dreary, among heath-clad rocks, and past some picturesque cottages, beyond which is seen the town, its white houses, church, and lake, and Furness Fells, making a beautiful pastoral picture.

Stands in a warm sheltered valley, and the small
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