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September 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.

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Striding Edge - near Birkhouse Moor - where we met.

Helm Crag - my 107th.

Would you believe it's well over a year since we met on Birkhouse Moor. How time flies. I recall making a promise to tell you when I was climbing my final Wainwright. Well don't hold you're breath! But today marked something of a landmark as I went up my 107th. Yes, half way. In fact at the end of the day the count reached 110, having done the Greenburn Round (I think that's it's name).

So number 107 was Helm Crag, a fitting fell as some say it's the most popular in the region. And here's a pic of the true summit with Steel Fell in the background. I did have a couple of goes at getting right to the top, but slippery rock and lack of courage prevented that. I'm in good company, as AW never made it all the way up, so I'm not too unhappy.

Many of the fells I've still to do are in the north west area, so perhaps we'll meet again some day. Keep up the good work of the website!

Take good care, Brian.


Just to say that I really enjoy your site as I sit behind my desk.

My wife and I walk in the lakes as often as we can (and have done for the past 25years) but living in Barnsley we are limited to three or four long weekends or the occasional week each year. Your site brings the 'fellside to our fireside' as AW once wrote (I think) and for that we thank you.

I came across your site via a link from Anne Bowker's (great) Mad about mountains site about a year since and have looked in at least two or three times a week.

Angie and me have done probably more than 2/3rds of the Wainwrights but it's unlikely we'll try to do the whole 214. When we do walk we tend to re-do our favourites, mine is the Newlands Round, Angie's probably Place Fell or Helvellyn via striding edge.

Our favorite viewpoints belong to two of the smaller fells. Mine is the view from the top of Rannerdale Knotts looking along the Buttermere valley to Gable.
Angie. Catbells summit... simple as that.

This photo is Angie and I on Haystacks on 26th April 07

and as individuals on Ranerdale Knotts on 26th Feb 07.

I like the personal anecdotes in particular 'Best viewed with...

My personal one would be 'a pint of Cumberland Ale' !!!

Cheers . . . Dave Beaumont

Hi Roger and Ann, Thanks for your e-mail, yes we are back home after a fantastic holiday in the Alps.

We arrived in the Chamonix valley on Saturday 21st July and had a settling in day on the Sunday before meeting the rest of the group on Sunday evening. The group was made up of 6 couples and fortunately we all got on really well throughout the holiday. Our guide was a guy called Keith Robson from here in the NE of England so we had plenty in common before we started.

The actual walking was from Monday morning through to the Wednesday of the week after . Around 115 miles and 33,000ft of ascent altogether.

This is looking North to Mont Blanc from the Mont de la Saxe ridge above Cormayeur in Italy.

Here at the Grand Col Ferret just on the border to Switzerland, again looking North.


Looking up at the Fenetre d’Arpette.


At 8,750ft it was

the highest point on our tour.


The view down to the Trient Glacier you get when you finally arrive at the top.

An interesting little path up a cliff in an area called Les Grands on our way back towards France,

our guide Keith is giving a few words of advice before we set off.

Back on the North side of Mont Blanc now, near the well known Lac Blanc

looking over the Chamonix valley towards the Mere du Glace and the more usual view of Mont Blanc summit.

Finally the view of Lac Blanc and Mont Blanc as seen in countless outdoor gear adverts, nevertheless still a very special place to visit.

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PS: whilst the Alps and Mont Blanc are awesome and fantastic, and we really want to go back . . .

I don’t think they have that special magic beauty of the Lakes

John and Dee + Amber

What a superb trip and wonderful weather - a great holiday by the look of it - Thanks for the photos - RmH !


Having spent many a happy time at The Bothy on Loweswater over the last15 years, I found your site recently (on a Google search) and think its really good.

Thanks for taking me up the fells with your dogs, friends and family.

Also, following your Ingleborough trip, I enclose a recent picture of Pen-y-Ghent from the North west.

Yours sincerely, Richard Stancliffe, Manchester.


Dear Roger & Ann, Thank you for all your suggestions. We had a fantastic fortnight (and no rain!).

We managed: Castle Crag (the girls loved the caves round the other side) . . . Watendlath (really enjoyable walk with lovely tea shop)

Haystacks (a bit hairy on the scrambly bits but incredible at the top) . . . Knott Rigg (great evening ridge walk)

Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable (initially steep, but incredible views. Bottled out at Great Gable - me - not the kids!)

Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy (We’ve always done Catbells and come back down again so it was nice to keep on going and the cairn on High spy is great!)

Latrigg (another quick evening walk after dinner) . . .Scafell Pike (we left Rebecca (4) with Gran for this one, she’s only got little legs)

Also did the walk round Buttermere with the in-laws and drank far too much Theakston’s Old Peculiar

I’ve attached a photo of the girls taken between Grey Knotts and Green Gable.

As we only get to the Lakes once a year and completing all the Wainwright is unlikely, we’ve decided to make it our mission to visit all the tors on Dartmoor. Not as straightforward as it sounds as there is some confusion as to how many there are and whether the unnamed ones are actually part of another. But it should keep us busy for a good few weekends to come. Website coming soon!

Thanks again for your help and inspiration, Sara, Peter, Charlotte & Rebecca

Hi Sarah, do send us that website address when you have it organised - thanks for the excellent photo - RmH

Sean's Striding Edge Walk - 19th Sept 2007

. . . a wonderful walk, along with inspiring and very friendly company and such well behaved and agile canine friends too. I enjoyed the breathtaking scenery as always, the crazy changing weather, also ticking 'Toblerone mountain'...oops!!...sorry...Catstycam, off my list, as well as having fun. It will be a great day to remember. Be nice to walk again with everyone sometime in the future. Here are some of my photos, will send some more soon. Sorry about the incorrect date on them, keep forgetting to take it off or at least get it right!!.....must be an age thing!!!!!

The summit group, as the low cloud cleared and the sun shone.

Regards . . . Lesley Ritchie.

We received this email following our

Miterdale Walk in July this year.


There's more information on Burnmoor Lodge

on my Visitor's Page ~April / May 07~


The Lodge obviously holds good memories for a lot of people.


As a teenager I spent some wonderful holidays at Burnmoor with the
incredible philanthropist Dr. Foot who ran a boy's christian movement called the Covenanters at St. Paul's Church, Hyson Green, Nottingham.

He was a pathologlist but later became ordained as a lay preacher.A tremendously influential person in my life, although I have left
the religious side.
Anyone I used to know seeing this - I remember Jonathon and I dated his
sister (Ruth) for a very short while.
I had understood that he had given Burnmoor to the Covenanter's, but
perhaps he got is back.

Michael J Clarke

Hi Ann and Roger!

Am sending you an aerial photo of our home, taken by
a friend with a paramotor last evening. You can see part of his harness
frame in the shot. He has a large fan attached behind the harness and a
parachute--guy is nuts!! It was a beautiful autumn evening and he was
having a great time until he ran out of gas in a field full of "cow
patties" a few kilometres from us and we had to go and fetch him. The
main reason I'm sending this is to show you how flat we are here in
Wainfleet, and thus our reason for coveting your fells and dales. It is
pretty out here, though, in its' own way--you can see part of the marsh
in the photo, and it is full of wildlife. There was a flock of wild
turkeys on our lawn this morning. You'll note that our barn is twice
the size of our house--my husband knows his priorities!
I went down to Niagara Falls one afternoon last week and played
tourist--THE PRICES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was also in Niagara-on-the-Lake twice
in the last week, wish you could see it this time of year.
Left a note on your guestbook. TTYS, Cheers, Linda

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