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High Street, Windermere
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High Street is a fell in the English Lake District. At 828 metres (2,718 ft), its summit is the highest point in the far eastern part of the national park. The fell is named after the Roman road which ran over the summit.History and nameThe Roman road crosses the fell on its journey between the forts at Brougham near Penrith and at Ambleside. Situated in one of the quieter areas of the Lakes, the High Street range has quite gentle slopes with a flat summit plateau. It was these characteristics which persuaded Roman surveyors to build their road over the fell tops rather than through the valleys which, at the time, were densely forested and marshy thus making them susceptible to ambushes.The fell's flat summit was also used as a venue for summer fairs by the local population in the 18th and 19th centuries. People from the surrounding valleys would gather every year on 12 July to return stray sheep to their owners; games and wrestling would also take place as well as horse racing. The summit of High Street is still known as Racecourse Hill and is so named on maps, and fell ponies can be found grazing occasionally on its summit. The last of the summer fairs was held in 1835.
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  • THe usual group of expensive tourist based shops that you would expect to find in a town like this . Many high street shops retail at double or even more from the prices you find in large towns / citt...  more »
  • Just an average high street but gets very very busy. Must get there early if you want a parking space. 
  • lots of quaint little gift shops , not too expensive and also loads of takeaway or sit in places to have lunch. If you enjoy shopping this is the place to visit you could spend hours in and out the sh...  more »