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placename:- Gosforth to Wasdale Head
other name:- Wasdale Head to Gosforth
parish Gosforth parish, once in Cumberland
parish Nether Wasdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
10Km square:- NY10
road code:- Gsfr=WsHd

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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After passing the inhabited part of the valley [Wadale Head], the road approaches the lake, which shews the purity of its water, by the clean blue gravel washed upon its shores. As the road proceeds along the margin of the lake, the screes on the opposite side form a striking object, and the mountains left behind should not be forgotten; retrospective views taken at short intervals, will shew the majestic and varied forms they assume on being viewed from different points. After passing Over Beck Bridge at the foot of Bowderdale, and just before entering the gate, the mountain Yewbarrow appears in a fine conical shape: and one of the best views of the lake is from a rocky knoll projecting into the water.
It has been suggested that Wast Water would be more advantageously seen, by reversing the excursion, so that the principal mountain views would be always in prospect on advancing up the vale. As far as relates to Wast Water alone, this is certainly true; but ... tourists generally congratulate themselves, on having passed over the most difficult part of the road on the first day.
Towards the lower parts of the lake, the shores are more rocky; and the composition of the rock is changed, from a kind of greenstone, to a reddish sienite. ...
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A road turns off on the left to Ravenglass; and at the Strands, near the Church, there are two small public-houses, at one of which it may be necessary to take some refreshment, after a morning's ride of 20 miles, and none of the best road.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old map:- Hall 1820 (Cmd)

Map, Westmoreland ie Westmorland, now Cumbria, scale about 14.5 miles to 1 inch, by Sidney Hall, London, 1820, published by Samuel Leigh, 18 Strand, London, 1820-31.
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single line, solid; minor road; Gosforth, Wood How, Wasdale Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1820
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old road map:- Rumney 1899

Guide book, The Cyclist's Guide to the English Lake District, by A W Rumney, published by George Philip and Son, 32 Fleet Street, London, and Liverpool, 1899.
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Road map, strip map, gradient diagram, and itinerary for Route XVII, Seascale to Wastdale Head, Cumberland, scale about 2 miles to 1 inch, by A W Rumney, published by George Philip and Son, 32 Fleet Street, London, and Liverpool, 1899.
On p.70 of the Cyclist's Guide to the English Lake District, by A W Rumney.
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Route XVII.
date:- 1899
period:- 19th century, late

mapping:- Gosforth
Nether Wasdale
Wasdale Head, Nether Wasdale

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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