The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

Drives through Leigh Wood

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In the drives through Leigh Wood, some advantage has been taken of the steepness; but it should be shewn as an object of beauty, from the precipitous side of the road, and not as an object of terror, by making the roads too steep. There are many places in which romantic rocks are now totally hid by brushwood; these, doubtless, require to be brought into view. But, of all picturesque objects, there is none so interesting as water in rapid motion; and it is the duty of art to avail itself of every opportunity to force it into notice. In a mountainous country there hardly exists a dell, or dingle, in which some stream, that might be drawn forth to form a conspicuous part in the picturesque landscape, does not steal its way, unseen, amongst the long grass or foliage of brushwood, and is, therefore, entirely lost.