Had Anne Shirley been with her, she could have told Louisa that short-cuts are much more romantic than going "round the road":

"And it's splendidier still to have such a lovely way to go to school, isn't it?"

"It's a lot nicer than going round by the road; that is so dusty and hot," said Diana practically.

.... The way Anne and Diana went to school was a pretty one. Anne thought those walks to and from school with Diana couldn't be improved upon even by imagination. Going around by the main road would have been so unromantic; but to go by Lover's Lane and Willowmere and Violet Vale and the Birch Path was romantic, if ever anything was.

Anne of Green Gables XV (p. 105)

"We found Mrs. Brinley there. I requested the pleasure of her company to tea at the Grove, but she declined the invitation. We sit some time and then took our leave of the two widows. We came home through the walk of the castle." Louisa Collins (N5 )