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Derby. Trent, "the Junction for Everywhere," is speedily reached from Derby, as is also Nottingham, the centre of lace and hosiery manufactures, with an ancient Castle, which is now a celebrated Museum. But from Derby we may also visit Matlock, with its caves, petrifying wells, ivy-clad limestone cliffs, and hydropathic establishments. From Rowsley and Bakewell Stations, Haddon Hall, famed in song and story, and Chats-worth, " the Palace of the Peak," are easy of access. We speed through pleasant Derbyshire Dales, until we reach sheltered Buxton, with waters that cure many a gouty and rheumatic sufferer. Buxton is the " Capital of the Peak," and is a good centre from which to explore its beauties, as are also Rowsley, Bakewell, and Matlock. Who knows not Manchester, " Cottonopolis," with its millions of power looms, Liverpool, the great sea gate, whose only formidable rival is Southampton, and Chester, marvellous for beauty and antiquity ? All these great centres of industry and interest are easily accessible by the Midland System. Journeying north from Derby, we pass Chesterfield, with a curious spire ; Sheffield, the heart of cutlery work ; Leeds, which contains within itself the greatest variety of industries of any town in the kingdom ; and from which Harrogate, Bolton Abbey and Woods, with Kirkstall Abbey, may easily be reached. A few miles to our right is York, with its grand old Minster and ancient walls, whilst from Hellifield Junction trains connecting with expresses from Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, and the South, start for Morecambe Bay, Carnforth, and the Lakes. Did not lack of space forbid, how much could we say of the beautiful Lake District, and other territories traversed by the Midland lines ! But Midland expresses travel swiftly, and heigh presto! weare at Carlisle, with its Cathedral, Castle, and endless Border traditions. From hence we may take our choice of routes, each having close connection with the Midland. We may traverse the land of Sir Walter Scott, visiting his home at Abbotsford, his burial place at Dryburgh Abbey, and Melrose Abbey, which he immortalised by his magic pen. And so we reach Edinburgh, " the modern Athens," which Scott called " mine own romantic town." Or we may make our way northward from Carlisle through Dumfries, Mauchline, and Ayr, with all their vivid memories of " Robbie Burns," until we reach Glasgow. But, whichever of these alternative routes we may adopt, we shall find it is sound advice to " Choose aye the Middle Course," and that Southampton possesses a noble and most expeditious route to the Midlands and the North over the Midland and South-Western Junction Railway in conjunction with the Great Midland System.
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