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but pleasing localities of the country. Five miles from Kendal is Stavely, situated in a deep and picturesque part of the vale of Kent. Drunken Barnaby resided here in his latter days. The chapel has a handsome tower and three bells. From Stavely, the hills rise steeply to the north and east. The next village that presents itself, is Ings; the chapel, which is a neat edifice, was rebuilt in 1743, by Robert Bateman, a poor lad, who being furnished with a small subscription by the congregation to assist him on his pedestrian journey to London, rose from the lowest menial office in the house of a wealthy merchant, to be his master's partner. The Lake of Windermere shortly afterwards bursts upon the eye like a fairy vision - the islands - the mazy windings of the shores, clad with thick wood or skirted with verdant plains. The town of Bowness with its white houses, and the rocky mountains of Rydal at a considerable distance, rivet the gaze of the silently admiring tourist. A little further is Elleray, the seat of Professor Wilson, on a most desirable and commanding situation; hence, Calgarth appears over trees of rich and massy foliage, beyond which is the lake, and at its head Brathay and Clappersgate, with the Coniston, Eskdale, Wastdale, Langdale, Borrodale, Wythburn, Rydal, and Troutbeck mountains. Down the lake, the eye rests upon the Monarch Isle, lying amid its dependents - the Ferry House and Station on the west - Bowness on the east, shut out by Heathwaite and Drummer's Stile - whilst the summer-house of
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