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pastures, down which we made to Nook End bridge, and from that bridge with all convenient speed, to Ambleside, much pleased with the scenes displayed on our journey.
Description of the Road from the Eun at Patterdale over Helvellyn, to the Kun at TUythburn.
On the morning of the 15th of September, 1817, the writer was joined by Mr. William Orme, and the Patterdale guide, in an excursion to Helvellyn.
We left Mr. Dobson's between six and seven in the morning, and having crossed Grizedale Bridge, turned on the left, up a green lane, to Patterdale Hall, from which we passed to Grasstead How, a curious antiquated farm house, having attached to it, a large yard, encircled by picturesque out-buildings.
At Grasstead How, was born, Mr. John Dobson, whom we saw, on passing through this yard. Though at the advanced age of eighty-five, he is in the full possession of his faculties, and a fine looking man, tall, and for his years uncommonly corpulent. His communications were pertinent, and useful, and corroborated with those of his relative, Mr. Dobson, the Innkeeper.
I well remember, that, in 1805, this old gentleman was my companion to the Greenside
lead mines, he was then seventy-three, and walked with all the animation of youth; but he says he is now no longer equal to laborious journies.
The road from Grasstead How, in a line tolerably straight, slants somewhat steeply to the top of the ridge which stretches from Hall Bank to Striding Edge.
The views on this ascent are peculiar, and look into Grizedale, or over Grasstead How to Patterdale.
Having gained the top of the hill, we were presented with a sight of the elegantly formed Catchedecam.
Catchedecam is in high contrast, both in form and surface, to the precipitous Helvellyn, which appeared on our left.
These majestic mountains are connected by a sharp ridge. called Swirle Edge. We saw, on the right of Catchedecam, a corner of Keppel Cove Tarn, and above it Cove Head, and the Raise, and on the right Whitestones.
From that part of the ridge on which we stood, to Ull's Water, the eminences are severally called Vantree Crag, Nab End, Blake House, and Hall Bank; and between our stand and Helvellyn; Blea Berry Crag, Spine How, Striding Edge, and Lad Crag. A moderate
descent conducted us under Blea Berry Crag, upon green and hard ground, by the edge of a peat moss, to the foot of Red Tarn.
Near the foot of the tarn, some well-formed stones compose an excellent fore-ground to that mighty wall of crags ascending from the lake, and forming Helvellyn; from the top of these crags, north and south, the ground rises to a fine apex at its pike; and the whole is a combination of superior grandeur. Ascending to the foot of Swirle Edge we turned on the right, to Cachedecam.
From Catchedecam, the distant prospect over the foot of Ull's Water towards the blue partition of the eastern and the western counties, differ little from the same country, as observed from Helvellyn.
From Catchedecam, northward, deeply below the eye, appears Keppel Cove Tarn, and high above it the Raise, over which, in lines of beauty, are Skiddaw and Saddleback. Ull's Water, in a fine expanse, is seen all the way from Silvery Bay to Powley Bridge, which is at the outlet of the lake; towards which, from Lyulph's Tower, the public road may be traced to a considerable distance.
From Catchedecam the neighbouring moun tains assume finer forms, and better combinations, than from Helvellyn; but from Helvellyn there is a complete, and an extensive circle
of visible horizon, in which is comprehended the noblest of the English mountains. From Catchedecam, the aspiring tops of Coniston, Eskdale, Langdale, Borrowdale, Wastdale, and Ennerdale, are obscured by Helvellyn.
Nor can the lakes of Windermere, Esthwaite, and Coniston be seen from Catchedecam, being lost by the intervention of St. Sunday Crag, and Fairfield. Many persons proceed to Helvellyn, but few to Catchedecam: each of these elevations has its peculiar set of features, and those who commence their Helvellyn excursion at Patterdale, by first gaining the summit of Catchedecam, will be amply repaid for their deviation from the common track.
Swirle Edge is the last and the most difficult part of the journey from Patterdale to Helvellyn; yet this last part (except in one or two places) is not painful, nor any where alarming, but to those who know how to afflict themselves with imaginary evils.
A few pounds expended upon Swirle Edge would render the line of ascent from Patterdale to Helvellyn not only safe, in the view of the least intrepid, but singularly pleasant to all lovers of elevated rambles.
A man of the name of John Pattison, since he was ninety years of age, has walked from Patterdale to Helvellyn, and back, in the same day.
This John is a son of Nimrod, being a keen, and, for his years, an active hunter. He is now ninety-three, and has lately travelled from Grasmere, by Grizedale Tarn, to Patterdale, which is a steep and rugged road, of eight or nine miles in length.
Some persons leave the Swirle Edge road at Blea Berry Crag, from which they pass to Spine How, and Striding Edge, (so called from its narrow top) and then scramble up Lad Crag, to Helvellyn; but this is a way that ought never to be attempted by any but the resolute and wary.
Looking backward from Helvellyn, we distinctly traced the course we had pursued from the ridge between Blea Berry Crag, and Vantree Crag, over the hard green ground to Red Tarn; and from Red Tarn to Swirle Edge, with the delightful ascent from Swirle Edge to Catchedecam. Mr. Orme and the guide parted from me at the top of Helvellyn. They returned to Patterdale through Grizedale, and I set off in search of Brownrigg's Well.
Brownrigg's Well is a few hundred yards north west of the highest part of Helvellyn. It is a beautiful fountain of transparent water, in the midst of a plot of the liveliest green.
Budworth has celebrated Brownrigg's Well, in his poem on Helvellyn. This poem might have been given here, with other pretty poetry,