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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Pretty standard village high street selling the usual trinkets and gifts - gets very busy with traffic and pedestrians  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    It was very nice to walk around the town looking at all the old buildings, the view of the lake is very nice. The are plenty of shops to look through and plenty of places to eat at.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    when visiting Windermere don't expect something special, like Bowness just down the road it's famous because of the lake, the usual shops n cafeteria's but at the end of the road just a town, With A B...  more »

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