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The chapel is near the hall and in the neighbourhood of other buildings, one of which is a small public-house. This part of Kentmere is twelve miles from Kendal.
Kentmere Tarn is a little south of the chapel and the hall, and the road to Kendal by Staveley passes near it. This lake is of itself not interesting: its margin is in some places swampy, but the road between that and Staveley runs through a pleasant contracted valley.
The road from Kentmere Chapel to Haws Water is deeply intrenched amidst rocky mountains. The bottom is pretty, and the trees, though not abundant, have their value when taken in composition with the savage uplands. Kentmere Tongue shoots boldly forward from the Sleddale side of the dale towards Hill Bell and Rainsbarrow, which, with High Street, altogether produce, from certain points, arrangements, which, in sublimity, are scarcely equalled in Westmorland.
The road crosses Kentmere Tongue on its northern side, from which it is a steep ascent to the pass at Nan-bield, where there is a fine prospect of Haws Water and the country about Lowther and Penrith. From this place the road descends precipitately amongst huge stones to a lake called Small Water, by which it passes, and by its outlet down a rugged track to Mardale Green; on the way to which the accompanying stream is joined on the left by another issuing from a little lake called Blea
Water. Blea Water lies at the Mardale end of High Street under a high and perpendicular rock; it has on one side Riggendale, and the other the hill that separates it from Small WaThe Kentmere road is joined at the foot of Harter Fell by that from Kendal through Long Sleddale; it then winds round the end of Riggendale, presenting in its way all the delightful varieties of a transition from magnificent sterility to verdant fields and smiling plenty; for Chapel Hill is a delightful place, and the road to the lake is amongst trees planted on rocky projections from the sides of the mountains or on pretty knolls rising out of the valley, which have an elegant and picturesque appearance, while they supply fore and middle grounds to the several distances presented to the eye as directed to the easy swelling lines about the waters towards Chapel Hill and Riggendale, to Kidstay Pike, to Branstree, and to Castle Crag.
Haws Water from Mardale.
From Chapel Hill, a pleasant valley westward, having on the left Riggendale, and on the right Castle Crag and Kidstay Pike, stretches to the mountain called High Street; and this view, which is from that valley and over the cultivated flat lying between the Chapel and the lake, is looking towards its outlet.
The walk from Bampton Church up the eastern side of Haws Water recommends itself by a succession of fine scenes, which, though not so rich in varied beauties as those from the western side, are nevertheless worthy the attention of those, who, unshackled by measured time, can range about at pleasure.
From the outlet, from the road on the margin of the waters, and from various elevations under Wallow Crag, the lower lake presents many agreeable combinations of wood, water, rock, and mountain; and on the banks of the upper lake may be seen, in succession, all the aspiring heights between Branstree and Whelter Crag, having stately forest trees upon the road and on the side of the hill as foregrounds.
Head of Haws Water,
Is on this road. At the head of the lake appear the cultivated lands at Chapel Hill, beyond which is seen Riggendale and Harter Fell, and on the left, the foot of Branstree.
There is a road over Branstree to Swindale and Shap, on which, and from Mardale Green, Chapel Hill and the mountains westward have a grand appearance, and a considerable resemblance to those of Borrowdale. On visiting Haws Water in 1801, for the first time, the