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Lonsdale and The Caves

This transcription is of the addendum about Lonsdale and The Caves, from Otley's Concise Description of the English Lakes, 1823, 8th edition, 1849. The copy used is in the Armitt Library, item AMATL:A1180

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Skerton Bridge, River Lune, with Lancaster Castle and St Mary's Church in the background.

Lune Valley
IN speaking of the various paths by which the Lake District may be approached, mention is frequently made of the line from Lancaster up the vale of Lune through Kirkby Lonsdale to Kendal. It has been suggested that the first portion of this route is of sufficient importance to justify special description; and that a few pages devoted to an account of the Caves and other natural curiosities, which may be conveniently visited from Kirkby Lonsdale, will also be acceptable.
  Lancaster Castle

LANCASTER.- Dr. Whittaker, the eminent topographer and antiquarian, pronounces Lancaster to be 'a highly favoured place, distinguished by the beauty of its situation, the magnificence of its Castle, and its rank as the capital of one of the most populous counties in the kingdom.' The complaisance of antiquarians, led by their father, Camden, has generally induced them to consider this place as the Longovicus of the Notitiae; but
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