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Page 174:-
The traveller must either go back the way he came, or climb out of the dale at the head, whence three tracks branch off from the top of the pass of Nanbield. One of these tracks turns to the left before reaching Small Water, and goes down into Long Sleddale,- to follow which we know of no sufficient inducement, unless it be that the way is practicable for a horse,- which the others are not. Another path ascends, by the pretty Blea Tarn, the slope of High Street on the right, where the Roman road runs along the ridge. The third goes forward past Small Water, and drops into Kentmere, whence it is easy to strike over the fells into Troutbeck. The choice will depend much on weather, of course; and we wish the traveller something more of a choice than was permitted to us when we were last there, when the wind laid the whole party flat on the summit of the pass, and put all thought of High Street quite out of the question. The account of the weather given by a resident not far off is "It donks and it dozzles; and whiles its a bit siftering: but it don't often mak no girt pel." That is,- it is misty, and drizzles; and it is sometimes showery; but there is not often a great down pour. The wind however is often strong; and the exhaustion from a high wind on high ground is greater than any would believe who has not experienced it.
  Nan Bield Pass
There is no difficulty in the ascent from Mardale Green; but the traveller indulges in frequent rests, for the sake of looking back upon the singularly-secluded valley, with its winding stream, its faintly-marked track, and its little inn, recognised to the last by the
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