Ward and Lock's Tourist's Picturesque Guide to Dublin and Wicklow

Ward and Lock's Tourist's Picturesque Guide to Dublin and Wicklow

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Deer Park, the carriage-road, shaded by old oaks for a-mile, passes through a hollow of the Djouce Mountain, whose sublime summit disappears from view as we roll over the mossy sward of this Horseshoe Ravine, into which glides, down an irregular wall of rock--Powerscourt Waterfall. The fall, after rain especially, whether seen from a distance or from the rocks round its bed, is a vision of beauty. From crag to crag, sometimes direct, sometimes slanting outward, the stream falls and glides alternately down three hundred feet of perpendicular rock, till, in a volume of spray and foam, it tumbles into a dark abyss of water, stained with the peaty soil of its mountain course. Down from this, its principal reservoir at the foot of the cataract, the river brawls over a bed of loose stones, overshaded by oak trees which grow luxuriantly. As is the case with nearly every mountain stream, the volume of water is somewhat diminished in dry weather, so that at times the appearance of the fall disappoints the visitor. It is said that, to guard against a contretemps of the kind, on the occasion of the visit of George IV. to Powerscourt, a tank was dug on the brow of the hill to collect a sufficiency of water to insure a good flow; but the precaution was in vain, as his Majesty did not visit the spot. Be this as it may, on the occasion of their first and memorable visit to Ireland, in 1868, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the waterfall and were greatly pleased with its beauty. This spot forms the very Arcadia of picnics. Numerous pleasure parties may in the season be seen encamping about its mossy lawn, when the word " home" need not be uttered till the silvery moonbeams steal in and mingle with the golden twilight. There is a...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954106
  • 9781236954107