Mere is an old Norse/ germanic word for a lake or sea and is still used in Northern England.
Pickmere is a village and civil parish near Knutsford Cheshire and its main feature is a beautiful lake.
Surprisingly for me, I have never been, despite having lived in this area all my life. As a child my mother's annual summer holiday used to be a day out at Wythenshawe Park or Pickmere in Cheshire.
When I visited yesterday I could imagine my mother's life long love of the countryside starting right there at Pickmere. To have a day out from the murky, polluted filthy slum housing of inner city Manchester to the beauty of Pickmere for a day-out must have seemed like heaven to her.