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satisfied with self-approbation.- As the most amusing part of our tour was in a country not much frequented by the curious and speculative traveller, and never yet described to the public, an account of the objects we met with may perhaps be not unentertaining: it may also tend to excite the curiosity of visiting those unfrequented, yet extraordinary parts of our own native country, and to communicate that rational pleasure which a benevolent mind wishes every one of the same sentiments to partake of.
About six o'clock, one morning in June, we set off from Kendal, and, after travelling about a dozen miles along a good turnpike-road, over Endmoor and Crowbrow, we arrived at Kirkby-Lonsdale soon after eight. About the mid-way we left the little steep white mountain, Farlton-knot, on the right about a mile. It is all composed of solid limestone, and is two or three hundred yards in height. Those who have seen both, say, that on the west side it is very like the rock of Gilbraltar. There were several good mansion-houses by the road side, which, at the beginning of last century, were inhabited by a substantial set of yeomanry and country gentlemen, the most useful members of a community: they are now, however, mostly let out to farmers: the desire of improving their fortunes in trade, or the pleasure of living in towns, have induced the owners to leave them - reverses of fortune, or new attachments, have caused many to sell them, after they had been continued many centuries in their families. Kirkby-Lonsdale is a neat, well paved, clean town, ornamented with several genteel houses, adjoining to some of which are elegant gardens. The houses are covered with blue slate, which has an agreeable effect on the eye of a stranger. A small brook runs through the market-street, which is useful and commodious to the inhabitants: afterwards it turns several mills, in its steep descent to the river Lune. The church is a large and decent structure; the roof is covered with lead, and supported by three rows of pillars. The steeple is a square tower, containing six bells, the music of which we were entertained with at nine o'clock, they being played on by chimes every three hours. Opposite to
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button -- (road, Kendal to Kirkby Lonsdale)
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