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HENET IRWIN JENKINSON, F.R.G.S.
AUTHOR OF - PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NORTH WALES,' 'PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE ISLE
OF MAN,' 'PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THB ISLK OF WIGHT,' 'PRACTICAL GUIDE
TO CARLISLE, GILSLAND, ROHAN WALL AND NEIGHBOURHOOD/ ETC.
/t 1879. -
Another Guide to the English Lakes! many persons will exclaim, on first hearing of this work; and, considering the great number of Guide Books to the District already published, the Author feels that a few words of explanation are due to his readers.
Having been placed in a favourable position for ascertaining the wants of tourists, and being intimately acquainted with almost every mountain and vale, every nook and corner, in the whole district, he resolved, at the request of numerous visitors, to undertake the task of writing a Guide Book which should be as exhaustive and practical as possible, and the result of personal observation.
Although so many Guide Books are in circulation, he feels justified in adding one to the number, from the belief that there has not yet appeared a work which supplies in every respect the wants of the great majority of tourists.
For this object neither exertion nor cost has been spared.
In order to produce an accurate work, which may prove of real service to the tourist, the Author has travelled on foot over almost every inch of ground described in the following pages; and with note-book in hand has made memoranda on the spot, and written each tour whilst the subject was fresh in memory. Although previously well acquainted with most of the district, he has made another visit to every place mentioned in the Guide, has climbed some of the highest mountains many times with the object of discovering the best road for the ascent, and has walked thousands of miles.
The book may therefore be regarded as accurate and trustworthy; and the writer believes that it will be of service not only to the stranger, but also to those familiar with the district.
Full particulars are given of the spots visible from almost every mountain in the Lake Country, and to many the repeated enumeration of names which this involves will appear undesirable. The Author has, however, after mature consideration, felt it advisable to maintain this feature, even at the risk of making the work appear dull; for he well knows that the true mountaineer takes a delight in being able to name correctly the heights which he sees; each of which is gradually invested for him with an especial characteristic, and looked upon as an old friend.
Those also who ascend a mountain occasionally will find it interesting to be able to obtain from the book information that will make clear to them, as it were, the vast panorama that meets the eye.
It shoxild be remembered that when a day is set apart for the ascent of a mountain, the Guide Book for that day will be referred to especially for the information which it conveys respecting the particular height ascended.
The Author desires to acknowledge his obligation to those friends who have contributed the articles on Local Names, Meteorology, Botany, Mineralogy, and Measurement of Heights.
For the improvement of future editions the Author will be glad to receive corrections or suggestions from any tourist. Letters to be addressed to Henry Irwin Jenkinson, Keswick, Cumberland.