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It is replenished by the rivers Brathay, Rothay, Trout Beck, Cunsey Beck and several other lesser streams.
Before 1974, the lake lay wholly within the county of Westmorland; however, the historic county boundary between Lancashire and Westmorland ran down the western shore of the lake and also along about three miles (5 km) of the southern section of the eastern shore.In about 1859, the residents began to call their new village by the name of Windermere, much to the chagrin of the people of Bowness, which had been the centre of the parish of Windermere for many centuries.Since 1907 the two places have been under one council and, although there are still two separate centres, the area between is largely built up, albeit bordering on woodland and open fields.It was formed 13,000 years ago during the last major ice age by two glaciers, one from the Troutbeck valley and the other from the Fairfield Horseshoe.When the glaciers melted the lake filled with the meltwater, which was held in by moraine (rock material) deposited by the glaciers.The village of Windermere is about 20 minutes' walk from Millerground, the nearest point on the lakeshore.
It did not exist before the arrival of the railway in 1847.
The specific has usually been identified with an Old Swedish personal name 'Vinandr', genitive singular 'Vinandar'"...
although "the personal noun is of very restricted distribution even in Sweden." Another possibility is that it refers to a "Continental Germanic personal noun, 'Wīnand'...
Intermediate stops are made at Bowness and, by smaller launches only, at Brockhole.
Some boats only operate part of the route, or operate out and back cruises, whilst others run the whole distance.
The station was built in an area of open fell and farmland in the township of Applethwaite.