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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.
  Coniston Water by boat
  market town

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.

  Low Wood Hotel
  Windermere by boat
Is a convenient place to take a boat upon the lake, and the high ground above it commands excellent views. A pleasing excursion, on foot, may be made by taking the turnpike road towards Ambleside, about a mile and a half, to Low Fold; where a road turns off, ascending to High Skelgill, thence by Low Skelgill, to the Troutbeck road, by which return to Low Wood; in the whole about five miles.
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