1804. Robert Southey to [John Adamson], 3 September 1810 *
My dear Sir
If you have not seen this country before, & wish to see it in the best direction, your plan should be to go from Penrith to Ambleside – a step of 24 miles – which leads you along the whole length of Ullswater thro Paterdale, & by the little lake of Brotherswater. Then from Ambleside to Keswick (16 miles) – the lakes of Ryedale, Grasmere & Thirlmere are in the way. Unless you are accustomed to such countries as this, you can hardly conceive of how much importance it is, that you should see the fine scenery open before you, instead of turning round to look at it.
Yrs very truly
Keswick. Sept. 3. 1810