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Hall stands the chapel, in a burial-ground that was consecrated in 1701. Hence by Nether Stavely and Strickland Kettle, the road reaches Kendal.

  Gatescarth Pass
Another path leads upwards by a mountain stream from Chapel Hill, between Harter Fell and Shap Fells, then down by Sadgill into Long Sleddale, and thence to Kendal, from which place Hawes Water is frequently visited by this route. The valley is, on the average, half-a-mile in width, and is intersected by the Sprint rivulet, which runs parallel to the road. From the bottom, which is covered with a mixture of arable and meadow ground, hanging woods and rising pastures ascend the sloping sides, terminating in sheep walks on the mountains. It is divided into small estates, having the farm-steads at the foot of rising grounds almost every quarter of a mile. On an eminence, midway, stands the chapel, and near it the school. The most interesting mansion in the dale is Yewbarrow Hall, having an ancient tower, whose walls are several feet thick.
The last tract, at the traveller's choice, crosses over Branstree, and through the deep and narrow vale of Swindale, to

  Sahp Abbey
Founded by Thomas, son of Gospatrick, who de-
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