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“The Buttermere Valley is robbed of winter sunshine by a rugged mountain wall exceeding two thousand feet in height and of unusual steepness, it’s serrated skyline seeming almost to threaten the green fields and dark lake and homesteads far below it’s shadow.  No mountain range in Lakeland is more dramatically impressive than this, no other more worth climbing and exploring. Here the scenery assumes truly alpine characteristics, yet without sacrifice of the intimate charms, the romantic atmosphere, found in Lakeland and no-where else…The Buttermere side of the ridge is tremendously exciting and darkly mysterious, compelling attention.”

Wainwright on my favourite place

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