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surrounding scenery: and the windows, being partly of stained glass, give a good representation of the manner in which the landscape would be affected in different seasons. The view towards the north has every essential for a beautiful landscape; a bold foreground, a fine sheet of water graced with islands, the large one of Mr. Curwen, with its dome-topped building, being a principal feature; the village of Bowness, the mansions placed at various points, the rich woods, and distant mountains, all contribute to enrich the scene. Towards its foot, the shores of the lake appear beautifully broken, by several promontories stretching far into the water from each side.
Some would like to commence their survey of Windermere at Newby Bridge, and have the scenery to unfold itself as they advance. Others will be more gratified by the prospect bursting upon them at once in full expansion, as it does from the elevated ground, on either of the roads leading from Kendal towards Bowness or Ambleside. All the way, from two miles south of Bowness to the head of the lake, the views are excellent; and every rising ground affords something new in the combination. A station about a mile from Low Wood Inn, on the highest part of the road towards Troutbeck, gives the most distinct view of all the Islands; and Rayrigg-Bank has the most complete view of the whole lake. About Troutbeck Bridge, the range of mountains extending from Coniston Old
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