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The fish of this lake are char, trout, perch, pike, and eel. Of the char there are two varieties, the case char, and the gelt char.
The greatest depth of the lake is, opposite to Ecclerigg-cragg, 222 feet. The fall from Newby-bridge, where the current of the lake becomes visible, to the high water-mark of the tide at Low-wood (distant two miles) is 105 feet. The bottom of the lake is therefore 117 feet below the high water-mark of the sea.
In Bowness there is nothing so remarkable as some remains of painted glass, in the east window of the church, that were brought from the abbey of Furness [1].
Bowness to Ambleside
  station, Rayrigg
From Bowness to Ambleside is six miles, along the side of the lake [2]. On the top of
[1] 'The present remains of this window show that it has contained very fine colouring in its former state. The arms of France and England quartered, are well preserved at the top of the window. The design is a Crucifixion, in figures as large as life. By the hands, feet, and parts remaining, it seems to have been of singular beauty. On the dexter side of the crucifixion, is St. George slaying the Dragon; on the sinister, the Virgin Mary;- an uncouth assemblage. Beneath, are the figures of a knight and his lady kneeling, before whom are a group of kneeling monks, over whose heads are wrote W. Hartley, Tho. Honton, and other names, by the breaking of the glass rendered not legible.'- Hutchinson's Excursion.
[2] The Low-Wood Inn, about two miles short of Ambleside, will attract the Tourist's notice. No other Inn in his route has so fine a view of a Lake, and the natural beauties of which he is in quest. A small cannon is kept here to gratify the curious with those remarkable reverberations of sound, which follow the report of a gun, &c. in these singular vales, and of which, a general description is given in the subsequent lines:-
... The cannon's roar
Bursts from the bosom of the hollow shore.
The dire explosion the whole concave fills,
And shakes the firm foundation of the hills,
Now pausing deep, now bellowing from afar,
Now rages near the elemental war;
Affrighted echo opens all her cells,
With gather'd strength the posting clamour swells,
Check'd or impell'd, and varying in its course, It slumbers, now awakes with double force,
Searching the strait, the crooked hill and dale,
Sinks in the breeze, or rises in the gale;
Chorus of earth and sky! the mountains sing,
And heaven's own thunders thro' the valleys ring.
Killarney. X.
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button -- "Low Wood Inn" -- Low Wood Hotel
button -- Windermere to Ambleside
button -- St Martin's Church
button -- "Windermere Water" -- Windermere

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