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Lonsdale Magazine, 1820, vol.1 p.27

  Tourist's New Guide
  William Green

William Green's Tourist's New Guide


The Tourist's new guide, containing a description of the Lakes, Mountains, and Scenery, in Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, with some account of the bordering towns and villages - Being the result of observations made during a residence of eighteen years in Ambleside and Keswick; by William Green, in two volumes, 8vo. pp.1040. Printed by Mr. Lough, Kendal, 1819.
It will undoubtedly have struck our readers as a matter of surprise, that the Reviewers do not write every book themselves, since they appear to have an intuitive knowledge of literature and science. - They can, at a single glance, comprehend any work however abstruse; and in a moment enter into all the bearings of a subject, which has perhaps cost its author twenty years in the composition. To a kind of petty omniscience like this, the Reviewer's of Green's Guide make no pretensions. After an attentive and careful persual, if we can furnish our readers with a synoptical display of its contents, and an illustrative view of its execution, it is all we shall presume to attempt - and all that the public has a right to exact.
That a new and accurate Guide to the Lakes was required, will be admitted by all. Mr. West's, which was written more than forty years ago, was the only one that deserved the name; and that was far too concise to afford the tourist any thing like satisfactory information. And all its successors have been still more defective in this most important particular. As fireside companions, they may stand in competition with our modern novels, from which their language is generally borrowed; but to the actual tourist they are of very trifling utility. They dwell largely npon (sic) a few beautiful scenes, while they leave others of superior interest untouched. Indeed, a person hurrying through the Lake district, without any local knowledge of the country, excepting what he obtains at the inns, or from his guide, may amuse his friends in the Metropolis, but will be a very improper person to act as a cicerone to the future visiter.
One of these wire-wove hotpressed excursionists tells us that Low Furness is a "fine valley," another says that between Bowness and Ambleside, "The Bishops of St. Asaph has a beautiful seat called Falgarth". In another place we are informed that near Lancaster, there is a "bridge of five arches over the Alaunum;" and that the canal, just above the town is carried by an "aqueduct over the river Levens." Such is the accuracy of those who have hitherto pretended to delineate the scenery of the Lakes. From these, we turn with eager expectation to a work professing to be written by one who has resided eighteen years among those scenes which he


Matter which is part of the guide book itself is not indexed; it will be indexed in the transcription of the guide book.
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