button to main menu   Ford's Description of the Lakes, 1839/1843

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Page vii:-
heath-clad promontories dividing their black sullen waters, they excite in the mind feelings of melancholy and awful solemnity.
The Wood consists of oak, ash, and birch, elms, hazels, black and white thorns, hollies, alders, willows, and the black yew, which are scattered through the district. There are also many plantations of larches. Sycamores and Scotch firs are the usual and beautiful shelter of the cottages. The coppice-woods and intricate hedge-rows, give an idea of what the country once has been, though now bereft of its leafy covering. The minor shrubs and plants cannot escape the eye of the tourist, much less of the botanist. The bilberry in early spring, with its flowrets creeping under the shade of a tree - the broom with its golden blossoms - and the hardy juniper - and last, though least in size, yet inferior to none in beauty, the lichens and mosses - all contribute to the attraction of this favoured land.
Having glanced at the natural features of the country, we will now notice those which owe their existence to man.
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