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viewpoint, Low Pike
site name:-   Low Pike
civil parish:-   Lakes (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   viewpoint
coordinates:-   NY373077
1Km square:-   NY3707
10Km square:-   NY30

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 75, footnote:-  "..."
"Also, if the tourist love mountainous prospects, he may meet with one, in about a three hour's ride from this place, that will not fail to please him. It is on Low-pike, in Rydal-park, from whence may be seen many of the lakes, as Rydal-water, Grasmere-water, Windermere-water, Blencow-tarn, Elter-water, Esthwaite-water, and Coniston-water, also the Isle of Walney, Pile of Foudry, the whole of Duddon, Ulverston, Lancaster, and Millthorp Sands; the mountain Ingleborough, and at an opening between two hills, the hideous rocks of Borrowdale. A further walk of about an hour will give view of Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Ulls-water, the Vale of St. John, and other parts of Cumberland.- This mountainous excursion over, the following lines may not unaptly be introduced to the reader's notice.-"
"Descending now from AEther's pure domain, / By fancy borne to roam the nether plain, / Behold all-winning novelty display'd / Along the vale, the mountain, and the shade, / The scenes but late diminutive, resume / Their native grandeur, and their wonted bloom. / The woods expand their umbrage o'er the deep / And with ambitious aim ascend the steep, / Stage above stage, their vig'rous arms invade, / The tallest cliffs, and wrap them in the shade. / Each in its own pre-eminence regains / The high dominion of the subject plains / Smiling beneath, such smiles the people wear, / Happy in some paternal monarch's care."
"Killarney; X."

person:-   author
 : West, Thomas
date:-   1778
period:-   18th century, late
period:-   1780s
item:-   guide bookGuide to the Lakes

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