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Page 32:-
In visiting this valley, it is best to commence at Troutbeck Bridge and descend to Low Wood.
In proceeding from Low Wood Inn, the tourist leaves the shores of the lake at Waterhead, where the boats belonging to Ambleside are moored.

Ambleside and excursions
A small market-town, romantically situated in the vale of Brathay, and half-encircled by a range of stately mountains. It is a mile north of the head of Windermere, and is built in pleasing irregularity on the side of a hill, commanding prospects of the vale, the parks of Rydal, Brathay, and Windermere, amongst which the various outlets and approaches wind interestingly, detaining the tourist at every step by new combinations and unexpected beauties. Excellent fare can be had at the Salutation, Commercial, and White Lion inns, and in lodgings. From its central station, the town is frequently made the head-quarters of tourists for a considerable time, as within the compass of seven miles are the following lakes;- Windermere, Esthwaite Water, Elter Water, Coniston, Rydal Water, Grasmere, and Ulles Water. It was formerly the site of a Roman station; ruined wall and traces of fortifications are discernible, and armour and coins have been found. Most of the houses have been rebuilt or altered; the old market-house, also, which was supported on pillars and galleried round, shared the same fate in 1796, so that the town now
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button -- "Ambleside" -- Ambleside
button -- "Commercial Inn" -- Commercial Inn
button -- Market Hall
button -- (roman fort, Waterhead)
button -- "Salutation Inn" -- Salutation Hotel
button -- "White Lion Inn" -- White Lion Hotel
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