The Garden Guide

Book: Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening, 1795
Chapter: Chapter 5: Concerning park scenery

Gravel roads

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I have endeavoured to discover two reasons which may have given rise to the common technical objection, that a gravel road cuts up a lawn; the first arises from the effect observed after an avenue has been destroyed, where the straight line of gravel, which formerly was less offensive, while accompanied by trees, becomes intolerable when it divides a small lawn directly through the middle. The other arises from the effect which even a winding turnpike road has in destroying the sequestered and solemn dignity of forest scenery: but in a park, a road of convenience, and of breadth proportioned to its intention, as an approach to the house for visitors, will often be a circumstance of great beauty; and is a characteristic ornament of art, allowable in the finest inhabited scenes of nature.