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been more particularly the case in the chapters on the Dove and the Lea. With that portion of the Dove which extends from the head of Beresford Dale to Okeover Bridge, and with that short portion of the Manifold from its emergence at Ilam Hall, after its long subterranean passage, to its junction with the Dove, about a mile or so below, I may claim a fairly intimate acquaintance, chiefly as regards their angling capacities. I owe my initiation to the brotherhood of anglers to a visit of three weeks to Dove Dale, eighteen years ago. My personal impressions of that pleasant summer time were recorded in a small
volume entitled "An Amateur Angler's Days in Dove Dale." I had then reached the mature age of three score and a little more, but I was a mere juvenile in the art of angling. That little volume has long since been out of print, but for me it is a pleasant coincidence that my first and my last holiday book should relate to Dove Dale—that is why I have called the present volume, which is the seventh of the series, “ DOVE DALE REVISITED.”
The river Lea I have no personal acquaintance with, beyond the one day's fishing recorded herein. I am indebted mainly to that very pleasant book, "Rambles by Rivers," by Mr. James Thorne, published by Charles Knight in 1844, for any information I have gleaned about that classic stream which was the chief scene of Izaak Walton's exploits.
THE AMATEUR ANGLER.
WALTON AND COTTON FISHING House,
CLOUD IN THE DISTANCE)
(THE IRON Gate)
ON THE LEA .
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ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
THE SOURCE OF THE DOVE
52 THE SCOURING OF THE WHITE HORSE (2 pp.) 56, 57