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Pear-tree Green to Netley, and returning over the Floating Bridge. Passengers can, if they please, proceed to Netley, from the Terminus Station near the Docks, or from the Station at St. Denys to which we have already alluded.
By ■whatever way the visitor may decide on going to Netley, he will find the interval crowded with objects of interest. The rich variety of the landscape, garnished with elegant villas, rural cots, and towering woods ; the wild heath, and the rich meadows; and the ample bosom of the estuary, so softly marine, ever glittering with the white sails of passage boats and yachts, and carrying in calm security the mercantile shipping of every country—present such a constantly varied series of prospects, as of itself to gratify the lover of nature. The position of the Abbey and Fort, too, on one of the most favoured portions of the eastern shore, is most fortunate, communicating no less of grace and beauty of the view from the neighbouring waters, than are derived from their presence on the spot, whose name was emphatically " THE PLEASANT PLACE," "Lcetus Locus" corrupted afterwards into Letley, and now NETLEY.
"We shall, however, confine ourselves in this place to a description of the approach by the footpath, a pleasant gravelled road, being the first turning on the right above the Cliff Hotel, after leaving the Floating Bridge.
The Cliff, as it is called, lies to the right of the path. It was a bold bank of sand rising abruptly from the beach of the Itchen river, mantled by a luxriant oak wood, and forming a striking feature in the landscape. Great part of it has now been removed for ballasting ship, and the large Iron#Ship-building Works of Messrs. Oswald & Co., mentioned previously cover the remaining portion, but the rambler may still get an opportunity of enjoying the view after passing these works by turning down towards the Shore on his right whence the rivers on either hand, and the great basin
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