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mighty shadows, as the evening sun declines beyond them, over the broadest part of this splendid sheet of water. The approach to the southern extremity, terminating with Newby Bridge, exhibits nature in the softer features of a more diffusive and less elevated landscape ; under the graceful forms of gentle swells and undulations, gliding down to the margin of the lake. . Various delightful villas, hanging woods, tracts of highlycultivated land, adorning the banks of these bright waters, at occasional intervals, along the whole line from the north to the south, add additional charms to the natural beauties of this captivating panorama.
Among the various attractions arresting the eye, as it ranges along the liquid surface, are the numerous picturesque islands with which it is embellished. These are fourteen in number, and lie at nearly an equal distance between the northern and southern extremities of the lake, and of the greater portion of which the interesting little town of Bowness commands exquisite views. The largest of these islands is called Belle Isle, or Curwen's Island, from the circumstance of its former proprietor, the late J. C. Curwen, Esq., having laid out, planted, and adorned, its undulating circumference of two miles with all the skill, and elegance, of an accomplished taste.
The immediate vicinity of the place affords, in the various elevations around it, some of the best positions from which to contemplate the lake, and these islands in particular.
Prior to pushing off in his boat, Mr. Gracelove had again, after repeated visits on other occasions, ascended an eminence above the village, which is regarded as one of the most favourable stations from whence to take a general view of Windermere throughout its whole extent. The description of this brilliant perspective by Mr. Young, the tourist, is at once so graphic and so varied, that it is given here at length, in preference to a description by the author himself.