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July 07

I'm delighted to have received pictures from viewers of Loweswatercam, so I have decided to post them here for others to enjoy. If you wish to send me a photo and some information about it, feel free to do so and I'll try to include it on this page. It needn't be just about the Lakes, it can be about anything you've done recently. Click here if you wish to email me your contribution.

I reserve the right to withhold, censor or generally edit any comments as necessary, and I accept no responsibility for photos or comments posted. Keeping photo sizes below 100 Kb would be appreciated. 10x7 jpeg or 7x5 jpeg vertical at 72 dps would be excellent. Don't forget that short explaination too . . . thanks.

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Loved your pictures – they have taken me to another world.


Fran Critchley

Regional Development Manager - North


I check this web site daily and have never made a comment but I cannot refrain any longer.

The walks are just wonderful and very informative and just a delight to read.The photographs are wonderful and those two dogs just steal the moment at times.

You are never short on companions for your walks and it is evident why.
Please continue delighting us all for years to come

Kind regards, Roy

( Co.Durham )

Hi Roger:

We have been directed to your page by Dave Hughlock who was at Fishwick Secondary with my wife Janice.

We have admired your pictures, but the Slater's Bridge pix lack a certain something! ( See the attached )

David Swindlehurst

( Sorry David - she wasn't there when I was took my photos !! . . . . Ed )

6th June 2007 Slaters Bridge and Cathedral Cave

Great Pics .... and a nice mention for 6 peaks too.

here's a link to the 6 Peaks website if you want to put it on your page

Everyone got round safely and a great party was had by all in Killarney..
Indications are that we'll raise £200k+ which is fantastic !!!

See you on the hills another time. Ian Mitchell.

p.s. I have sent the link out to all teams so they can view the pictures too.





If this doesn't tug at your heart strings nothing will.


Following the recent bad weather in our part of the world, Joe Boyle sent me this photo. I include it to cheer everyone up who is feeling down at present. - RmH

[ Received on july 4th.]

Happy Independence Day from our house to yours.

I enjoyed the walk this morning, the dog's didn't look to happy though ;-))

Very hot here, into the triple digits this afternoon.

Have a nice day...Dave ;-))


[ Dave is an ex-Preston Lacasertrian now in California.]

[ Seems like the American way of life is getting into his blood stream - RmH ]

Dear Roger and Ann,
Just looking at your selection of webcams and thought you might like to look at the Minack Theatre webcam. The theatre is near Lands End right on the cliff overlooking the sea - quite a spectacular setting. Although not a walking site it is interesting in daylight for the coastal scenery and in the evening the performances are very atmospheric. The theatre address is or go direct to the cams here and click on either picture to give an enlarged version.

Thanks for all your interesting photos,

William Moore Northamptonshire

Hi Roger, Ann, Harry and Bethan

We enjoyed a splendid walk from Grassington on Sunday 10th June in lovely warm sunshine, quite a contrast to the current downpours. Grass Wood has been through a programme of stripping out of conifers and re-planting of natural broadleaf trees and it is a beautiful place to enjoy a short walk which can then easily be linked to a return to Grassington via the banks of the River Wharfe. We were lucky enough to see, although not photograph, a Little Owl and a Green Woodpecker plus many other more common birds.

For anybody interested, this walk and many others of varying distances and difficulty are featured in a book "80 Dales Walks" by Paul Hannon whose books are published in a style not unlike those of Alfred Wainwright.

All the best, Dave and Josie from Silsden.

Thanks Dave. More of Dave's photos can be seen on his webshots album. - RmH

Ann sporting her new "Cobbler" on Haycock summit


!! Cobblers !!

Thought one or two of you might have noticed that Ann was looking just a
little more upmarket than usual for the fells.

She replies: "I thought that I would point out that my recent neck
attire, as seen on our latest photos on Caw Fell and Haycock, is not a
fashion statement in order to look posh ! As I suffer quite
considerably in heat and humity, Roger bought home a Cobbler to try
out. That was it's debut day. It is a flat piece of material filled
with crystals that expand to a fat, suasage like state when soaked in
water prior to wearing. It then keeps the back of your neck cool when
walking. As it warms up a bit, you turn it round a little at a time.
It does not feel wet, just cool, and I found it very effective. When
dry, it returns to it's normal state. John was using a similar system
in the brim of his hat."


Winfell Beacon Walk


It was interesting to read how the public outcry had halted the construction of the wind turbines near the Shap.

Just look at this link to the 'turbine fields' in the San Gorgonio Pass that takes you to Palm Springs from the Los Angeles basin.
Enjoyed the walk.

Have a nice day....Dave

Hi Dave,

Wind turbines are an emotive subject here in the Uk. You either love them or hate them, or even in my case both !!

The principle is superb, renewable power with no on-going CO2 emissions, but the visual aspect is so intrusive (as the link you sent me shows). The Lakes is such a relatively small space that to dominate an area like Winnash with 20 or 30 tall towers would spoil the outlook from the central fells let alone the local ones.

The area they were proposing was only left out of the national park as an administrative convenience as it was the 'wrong side' of the main road. Had the boundaries been set now the landscape would have defined the park protection zone, not the road map or government administrative areas, and the fells we walked would have been inside the park.

I hear another big wind farm in the Outer Hebrides is also being suggested, with major opposition from the environmentalist lobby due to the wilderness nature of the area. More local to home, they are experimenting with offshore wind farms in the Morecambe Bay at the present. Perhaps that may be a good solution for our small islands.

Thanks for the link. Roger.


Click on the photo to see more (then backspace to return here)

I've discovered this link to the offshore wind farm in Morcambe Bay

The turbines are 120m high and deliver 90 Megawatts which is pretty good. To compare though, the wind farm has an annual output of 305 Gigawatts, which sound good but I believe it is no more than the daily output from a reasonably sized traditional power station.

Would we need 365 of these round our shores to match up with one land based one ?

On that basis I think we have some way to go before wind power on this basis is viable in the Uk.

On-line Wikepedia opinion: Environmental concerns with Electricity generation


Just been looking at your photos around Tickhill. I've been living in South Yorkshire, in Rawmarsh near to Rotherham for the last 30 years since I left my home in Millom to go to college in 1973 so I felt some empathy with you daughter having moved to the same county.

We've just returned from a long weekend in the Lakes having been to see my Dad in Millom and then having a couple of nights in Windermere at the Hideaway Hotel,, thoroughly recommended.

My Dad worked for 52 years at 'the shipyard' in Barrow so I took my laptop with me to show him your photos from your Loweswater Farmers Group day out.............he really enjoyed them as they were all of places he knows intimately!!!

Many Thanks for that and keep up the interesting web-site.

Regards, George Bradley

Barrow Shipyards and Museum


Ann / Roger,

Yet another great walk on May 30. I've driven over Wrynose Pass but never hiked it, and fancy bumping into the Matterhorn up there, great photo of Roger and the dog's on top of the Matterhorn.
On viewing that photo some wonderful memories came flooding back to me of a time so many years ago, 1986, when my son and I went on a skiing trip to Italy and Switzerland and actually skied the Matterhorn. The two attachments are of the Matterhorn after a new snow storm taken from in front of our hotel in Cervinia, Italy. and the real Matterhorn peeking above the slopes as we made our way down to Zermatt, Switzerland for lunch one day.
Thanks for the Memories
Have a nice day....Dave Hughlock

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