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road, Windermere to Coniston
Windermere to Coniston
Coniston to Windermere
locality:-   Windermere
civil parish:-   Windermere (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   route
locality:-   Coniston
civil parish:-   Coniston (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   route

route parts:-    Windermere to Newby Bridge as far as Windermere Ferry
 Kendal to Hawkshead from Windermere Ferry
 Hawkshead to Coniston

evidence:-   descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834) 
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source data:-   Guide book, A Concise Description of the English Lakes, the mountains in their vicinity, and the roads by which they may be visited, with remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the district, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823; published 1823-49, latterly as the Descriptive Guide to the English Lakes.
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"Coniston lake and its environs may be visited from Bowness, first crossing the Ferry on Windermere, and passing beneath the station, which is built upon a rock, tastefully ornamented with evergreens and flowering shrubs, and may be visited by the way. Ascending a long steep hill, there is a prospect across the lake, and a view of the distant summit of Ingleborough. At the top of the hill, there is a prospect of the Coniston mountains, and a mile further on, Bowfell and Langdale Pikes appear in magnificent array. There are some neat houses in the hamlet of Sawrey, and Mr. Beck has a beautiful seat at Grove on the other side of Esthwaite Water. Here are sweet views over the expanded valley in which the town of Hawkshead is"
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Page 101:-  "placed, with its church upon an elevated site. From the edge of the water, the Coniston, Langdale, and Grasmere mountains may be seen; and a little of the easternmost point of Skiddaw through the gap of Dunmail Raise, with Seat Sandal, Helvellyn and Fairfield to the right hand."
"Passing through the little market town of Hawkshead, where a post chaise is kept at the Red Lion, the road lies over high grounds, and has a steep descent to the inn at Coniston Waterhead, distant from Bowness 9 miles. Round the head of the lake there is a beautiful admixture of wood and grass lands, swelling in fine undulations. By taking a boat half way down the lake, its principal beauties are unfolded; and the return may be made either by the head of Windermere to Bowness 13, or to Ambleside 8 miles: but it would be a great omission to forego the beautiful views, that might be had on the road from Bowness by Troutbeck bridge and Low Wood to Ambleside."
Miles. Miles.
2 Cross Windermere to Ferry House 2
4 By Esthwaite Water to Hawkshead 6
3 Coniston Water Head 9
3 Borwick Ground 12
5 Ambleside 17

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