English Lakeland


27. Thirlmere And Helvellyn

Thirlmere and Helvellyn. - In spite of its utilitarian purpose, for Tliirlniere is Manchester's ciiief water supply, this still remains one of the most beautiful of the Lakes. Helvellyn, 3,118 feet in height, towers grandly from its margin, the second highest mountain in England, and lends great dignity and impressiveness to the vale. At the south end of Thirlmere is the little township of Wythburn, a few houses and farmsteads tended by Wordsworth's "modest house of prayer," Wythburn Church. Hartley Coleridge describes it very beautifully : -

" Humble it is, and meek and very low,
And speaks its purpose by a single bell;
But God Himself, and He alone, doth know
If spiry temples please Him half so well."