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Page 26:-
and Storrs on the left and right, and the Troutbeck mountains in the background.
The road which encircles the lake, presents very noble views, but the neighbouring high grounds afford more extensive and splendid ones. Its grand characteristics are diffuseness, stately beauty, and magnificence.
  islands, Windermere
Of the numerous islands that crowd the narrow part of the Mere, we shall only mention two: Lingholm, which is two miles from the Ferry House, a small rocky island covered with wood, and presenting some fine views; and Curwen's Island, or Belle Isle, a very sequestered spot, belonging to H. C. Curwen, Esq. of Workington Hall. It contains about thirty-six acres, is nearly two miles in circumference, and there is a gravel walk round its margin, on which strangers are allowed to walk. Its figure is oblong, the shores irregular, with tiny creeks and retiring bays, in which the weeping willow droops its elegant branches. Great variety of forest trees and other wood adorn the island - the massy Scotch fir, the noble chestnut, and the embowering plane, with ancient thorns aud (sic) yews. The house is of a circular form, and was built by Mr. English, a former proprietor of the island. The views most worthy of notice are - First, Rayrigg, with the Lady and Hen Holm Island - the wooded enclosures up to Elleray, Applethwaite, and Kentmere - Hill Bell and High Street closing in the background: Second, the Ferry House and Station, with
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button -- "Curwen's Island" -- Belle Isle
button -- "Lingholm" -- Ling Holme
button -- "Windermere" -- Windermere
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