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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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  • Well, they usually have! We come to Windermere once a year, and invariably go down the High Street. Did today. People, colour, movement, and shops selling almost everything. And restaurants. And caf├ęs...  more »
  • The High Street in Windermere is a nice place to spend some time walking and exploring the shops and businesses along the way. In nice weather it is a great place to spend some quality time outdoors.  more »
  • Nice quiet area, lots of lovely shops to browse around, places to have a coffee and a sit down, lovely area.  more »