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April 08

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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Hi there again Roger . . .

Caption for the cake photo - 'Hmmm ... can I beat the Guinness world record for the most carrot cake crammed into your mouth at one sitting ??'
Also - I'm a little concerned at your comment on one of your photos about Ann's size being 'understated' ! Not quite sure how to take that one !!!

Best wishes, Geraldine.

Re: caption for the cake photo . . .

"I would have ordered one of those and a scone if I had known Roger Hiley got staff discount."

Regards, Brian.

Full story at: 7/4/08 Back of Skiddaw . . . RmH

To the Hiley's !!!!

Regarding the xmas decorations on your way down off Grisedale Pike.
Myself and my wife along with our three dogs were coming down that way in March last year 2007 and we noticed them hanging on the tree,hence we took some photo's to show our friends.We think they must have been put there at the end of 2006 ?

Many thanks, Jon.


Check out the phhotos at Grisedale Pike 25th March

Anyone else any other positive sightings ?. . . RmH


Hi there Roger and Ann ...

We have enjoyed yet another week in the Lakes - got home on Wednesday. Needless to say, the weather wasn't quite up to the same standard that we experienced in February, but we did get out and about. Martin and I tackled a 'big' walk last Monday with plenty of sunshine to help us on our way, and crossed two more peaks off the list - Great End and Rossett Pike. It was bitterly cold up top, and Martin misjudged the distance - I began to wonder if we would ever get back to the car at the Old Dungeon Ghyll, and EVERYTHING was beginning to ache by the time we did !! Still - think of all those calories we burned !

Something that did surprise us more than a little was the fact that we met two lots of people (one with two smallish - one aged 4 - children) heading to Scafell, going up when we were on our way down at nearly 3.00pm. The conditions underfoot on the way up Great End were a bit dodgy in the snow, some of it knee deep. Not to mention the wind and the cold. We were a little doubtful at the wisdom of venturing as far as Scafell with two youngsters.

Anyway, I thought you might like to see a photo of one of the happy walkers looking pretty chuffed with herself - and (to be fair) one of the other walker. I can recommend my particular style of hat - keeps your head nice and snug and doesn't blow away in high winds !!

Me on Great End, with Gable behind.
Martin, with Scafell Pike behind him.

We shan't be back in the Lakes now until the end of October, but we do have our summer holiday in Snowdonia in the summer to look forward to. Lots of walking there, some of it from our doorstep.
Bye for now, best wishes

Let's hope those families saw sense and turned round before the children got too dispirited . . . RmH

Hello Roger,

It was nice to meet you, Ann and your grandchildren on Grisedale Pike on Tuesday 25th March. Phillip, Casper [the dog] and I [Rodney] enjoyed our walk in the snow,especially for me a regular fell walker but one who is currently unable to take on major climbs. I am quite confident our paths will have crossed on more than one occasion.

I regularly frequent the western fells, often in a tent and have met people from all over the world up there.I am looking forward to a full recovery of my injury so that I can once again enjoy the full delights of our spectacular countryside and the friendly people it attracts.Good luck with your future adventures and the great photos. I have a few but am only a recent convert to digital [and yours are better anyway]
Kind regards,

Great to meet up Rodney. If you camp a lot you'll have to check out V&G's site on our links page . . . RmH

Hello Roger

I’ve attached some shots of Monday’s walk to Mungrisdale Common and Blencathra for the gallery.

The North Western Fells from the Threlkeld track.

Lonscale Fell and it's eastern facing crags.
I'm ascending Mongrisedale Common, Abbey's descending ?
Looking down on Sharp Edge and Scales Tarn.
Gategill Fell ridge, Abbey looking south this time.

Mungrisedale Common certainly lives up to its reputation but is a very easy way up Blencathra with the views waiting for you when you reach the top.

Terry G.

That nice weather certainly helped ensure the views today . . . . RmH

Hello Roger and Ann,

Our family has been lurkers on the OFC (Online Fellwalking Club) site for the last four years, we have very much enjoyed the banter of the other members, but especially the photos on the web sites of the members. As we live in deepest Somerset, it is not often possible to get up to the lakes, even though, we try to make the trip, at least a couple times of the year.

During our visits last year, we found the delights of the Kirkstile Inn, it must be said that the day was made complete for our nine year old son, by the sight of Harry and Bethan, looking out over the fence as we drove past. This weekend is my fiftieth birthday and Sarah the wife, treated me to two nights at the Kirkstile Inn last weekend, which we really enjoyed.

So this was just a note to say thanks for introducing us to the delights of Loweswater. I find that I'm no longer able to reach the tops of the fells, like I used to enjoy, so the web sites of yourself's, Sean and David and many others, do give me great enjoyment.

We will be back enjoying the valleys and lakesides, in April and are all looking forward to a great week. Keep up the good work all of you!!

Best wishes from Somerset,

Ken French

Hi Roger and Ann,
Just saw your trip to Whinlatter Go Ape. We had to do something similar in the Army
over 60 years ago! Are people actually PAYING to do the same?
Happy Easter.From Perth, Western Australia.
Jack, from Western Australia

Yes Jack, and they seem to be enjoying it too !

Hi Roger

I don't know if you'll remember us but we met you in Fishers last week (Monday) when you sold hubby Colin a Memory Map (the national parks) after ably demonstrating using our proposed bagging of Armboth Fell.

The day after meeting you we duly headed off for Armboth Fell. However Colin had a sudden and unexplained rush of blood to the head on the way and announced there was a change of plan. We ended up doing an ascent of Cold Pike from the Wrynose Pass. The conditions weren't brilliant as we set off but we were optimistic of doing one of our "twin-centre" walks, namely one walk in the morning then move the car and do another in the afternoon. However it was not to be. As we progressed the weather closed in. We have a rule, not to walk unless you can see the proposed summit. That rule went out of the window early on. The cloud was down and the snow deepened. The walk from Red Tarn was done on virgin snow and deep snow at that. There were times when I was up to my knees in it. A sense of humour failure was narrowly avoided (much to Colin's relief) and another Wainwright was duly bagged. However the conditions slowed us down, and indeed tired us, and hubby was informed in no uncertain terms that it would not be a twin-centre day! Once the hot drinks and sarnies were consumed back at the car the walk was declared a success, definitely more enjoyable with the benefit of hindsight.

Unfortunately the rest of our trip didn't turn out as planned as we both came down with the lurgy. Feeling so rotten in fact that we left for home a day early with no more peaks bagged. Whilst feeling under the weather I was cheered up no end by acquainting myself with your website. What a lot of effort you have put in and so good of you to share it with us. It really is fabulous and has gone into 'favorites' where I am sure it will be accessed frequently to give us a fix between Lake District trips. So thank you very much for passing on the details.

I loved the photos of your Christmas ascent of Helvellyn through the clouds until you reached the top in glorious sunshine. I hope this isn't a silly question but is there any way of anticipating when this is likely to happen? There may be times when we haven't done a walk because we thought the cloud was covering the top when in reality there may have been an inversion.

Best wishes, Jenny Booth.

Hi Jenny, keep an eye out for winter high pressures and cold nights. Forecasters may quote an upper cloud level which gives an extra clue . . . RmH.


Hi from Cambridge (Ontario)

Just wanted to thank you for introducing me to your magnificent Gallery.

The only thing missing is the smell of the heather and the clinging mist ! I dont know how you do it, but it makes me feel right THERE !

Brian (very seldom seen)

Hello Roger

Here are some photos for the gallery from our Great Calva and Knott walk on Friday 14 March.

It was a great walk around the "Back of Skiddaw".

The Dash Beck Valley and distant Binsey

Stoney Great Calva Summit
Lonscale Fell and distant Thirlmere from Great Calva
Abbey on the northern slopes of Knott
Abbey on Brockle Crag

Shame about the cloud cover on Knott – it’s always a bit disappointing to claim a new fell when you can’t see a thing. Still, can always have a return visit one day.

Terry G.

Thanks Terry for the pictures . . . Rmh.

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