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Windermere

Windermere is the largest stretch of water in the Lake District, followed by Ullswater and Coniston Water. Interestingly, although all three most certainly are lakes none of them actually includes the word "lake" in its name. Mere and Water carry the same meaning.

The village of Windermere is on the hillside about half way up the eastern side of the lake. The village below it at the water's edge is Bowness-on-Windermere. Both have grown greatly due to the past century and a half of mass tourism, and together they form one of the Lake District's tourist "honeypots". Nowadays it is difficult to tell where one starts and the other ends.

Further north is Ambleside, at the head of the lake. This is a highly popular centre for walkers, climbers and day trippers alike.

And here is a photograph taken some years later, in 1926. That's more than eighty years ago now but a black and white photograph taken today would show a lake that has changed little. Maybe the silhouette of the man on the jetty would be a little different.

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