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mortar elevated for throwing shells into the valley, would be no unapt comparison. A road turns off on the left, to the Church and the Red Lion Inn; the Swan is on the turnpike road, at the distance of four miles and a half from Ambleside.
  Dunmail Raise
The long hill of Dunmail Raise is next to be ascended. It rises to the height of 750 feet above the level of the sea; and yet it is the lowest pass through a chain of mountains which extends from Black Combe on the southern verge of Cumberland, into the county of Durham. Having overcome the steepest part of the road, Skiddaw begins to shew his venerable head in the distance; and here is a retrospect over Grasmere vale, and through a vista of mountains, extending as far as Hampsfield Fell, near the sands of Lancaster. At the highest part of the road, a wall separates the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland; and a large heap of stones is said to be the cairn, or sepulchre, of Dunmail last king of Cumberland; who was defeated here by the Saxon monarch Edmund, about the year 945. The lake Thirlmere, or Leathes' Water, now comes in view, and the road passes between the Inn and the Chapel of Wythburn; about eight miles and a half from Ambleside, and the same distance from Keswick. The mountain Helvellyn is now upon the right; but the road lies so near its base, that the full height of the mountain cannot be seen. After passing a little way upon the margin of the lake, we come to another steep ascent, where Arm-
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button -- "Swan, The" -- Swan Hotel
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