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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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  • If you like shopping and gifts this is for you and it goes from the station and you can walk down to Bowness ( long walk over a mile) . If you came for the hills and exploring this is not for you .  more »
  • We didn't spend a lot of time here, but found it to be a quaint and interesting place, although not very large.  more »
  • Lovely place to have a wander in and out of shops. Some nice unique bits and bobs as well as essential food stuff, cafes, etc. Loved it.  more »

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Lakeside resorts with views of the town and Lake Windermere sit along the shores. Pubs and shops flank cozy B&Bs and inns in the town's center. The town's historical center is close to the lake and offers transportation to outlying attractions.
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