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Summer 09

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 Roger,

Thanks for sending us the website details. I didn't realise so many photos had been snapped!

They’ve come out really well and have caught the atmosphere of Askerton.

Please pass on our best regards to your group. We enjoyed being able to show you our farm.

Kind regards, Chris and Jane

This was after the Loweswater Farmers Visit to their Organic Farm . . . local deliveries available . . . Rmh

Pics I took on holiday whilst staying at Rose Cottage.

A frequent visitor in red . . . the Pheasant was a bit nosey at the back window . . . and a small field mouse on the front wall !

Mal Smith.

Red Squirrel
Field Mouse

Hi Mal . . . perhaps I'll have to rent the place too, or just buy myself an extra long telephoto to see the wildlife across the road . . . Rmh

Keith Burton and John Linney's Scottish Coast to Coast Walk 2009
Hello Roger and Ann,

I leave on Friday for Morar to begin Macmillan sponsored trail on Sunday.

Long range forecast for Mallaig is good from Friday to Thursday, but it will be a very soggy descent from Kinbreak Bothy into the forest at Glen Garry.

Should you wish to follow my progress, log onto This will open the home page where my name takes centre news! Follow links, one will give route details and description. There is another link to Macmillan, which will reveal the page that will print my daily reports, providing there is a signal. There is a strong possibility that I will be out of contact until a phone box at Tomdoun Hotel.

Enjoy your holiday. Cheers Keith.

The village of Morar on the west coast - our start
A quiet moment on Loch Morar
Glen Pean Forest
One of several of General Wade's bridges.
Spud Fraser at Cairngorm Hotel
The Lairig Ghru in view
The lushness of Aberdeenshire
Montrose on the east coast - our destination.
Hello again Roger& Ann,

I arrived home 22.00 on Friday evening.
I t was a great trail, but many miles of hard forest tracks, plus of course general wades military roads.

I have sorted out some photos. Thankfully we had very little rain and no midges !
Cheers Keith

Congratulations Keith on an excellent sponsored walk. It sounds like you enjoyed it . . .Rmh


Hi Roger and Ann,

Have attached a few photos as promised of our time in the Lake District last week.

Just as our wedding day 25 years ago, the sun was shining and we will treasure our memories and many photos (over 300 in 4 days!) of a lovely time celebrating our Silver Anniversary.

Unfortunately we did not get up in a helicopter like yourselves, but you never know in the future!

Best regards, Julie and Derek Willsher

Balloon over Derwent Water
A glorious pink sunset
The view from Friars Crag
The famous Catbells
Grasmere Village
Easdale Tarn


We stayed in an apartment in Bowness. We managed to climb Stone Arthur which you can look down on, as we tend to start from Dove Cottage end.

We also managed Helm Crag and the highlight for both of us was Easedale Tarn. We had never thought about doing it before, but it was so worth the walk. The weather was beautiful and we were the only two people up there!

We were returning on Friday evening so decided to have a relaxing walk around Derwent Water and thanks to Roger's pics I finally found out where Friars Crag was. I think Roger put some pics up a few weeks ago showing the new path and in all the years we have been coming up, we had never walked down there!

So now you know how handy your photos are, because you also introduced us to one of our favourite walks - Rannerdale Knott. Because we only had a short break, we kept our walking/climbing quite local, normally we spend days in different areas, but it was lovely to come up at a different time of the year.

Many thanks to both of you for sharing your lovely photos.

Best regards, Julie and Derek Willsher.

And thank you for sharing yours . . . Rmh

Hello Roger.

That was very special of you to take the time to respond. I forwarded your suggestions to my friend in Toronto, who sends his thanks along.

I will stay in touch, as in visit with you electronically on your super website.

On a another note. Not too long ago I built a style, crossing our farming neighbours fence.
It gives us access to a very private lake (15 mins walk) and hundreds of acres of forest and field. (no right of way though, I walk the hedgerow)

I styled it on many I have seen on your site. That was not an intended pun.

Michael Edwards in Ontario.

Hello again Ann and Roger.
Thank you for replying to my e-mail on Saturday. We had indeed misunderstood and not realised the extra water was for the dogs. My word it must be hard work carrying all the water for yourselves and the dogs on such a hot day.

We do always carry our water/drinks when walking but thought we may be able to cut down on the weight if it was possible to drink from the streams. We haven`t as yet drank from any streams but did see a fell runner drinking from Angle Tarn below Esk Pike recently. This just made us wonder if it was safe. Thank you for your advice to two relatively new fell walkers (11 months-16 tops and keen to learn) and we shall certainly be looking at the hydration packs that you mention.They look so convenient and time saving.

We came across your website by accident really whilst looking for information on different routes up Helvellyn and up came the 'Hiley website', clicked on it, liked what we saw and have been followers ever since. We visit the site regularly to see what walks you have done and look at the wonderful photographs.
The photographs and often humorous captions are an inspiration for us to get out onto the fells and enjoy the spectacular scenery, fresh air and exercise that you so obviously love.

We shall look out for you on the fells in future and would recognise you instantly and love to come over to say hello.
Please say hello to the gang and a special pat for Harry and Bethan.

Thanks once more, Happy fellwalking.

Yours, Glenis and Bob Eaves. (Preston).


Hi Glenis we tend to carry all our water, but a fast flowing and small mountain stream is always a delight to drink from.

Make sure there's no dead sheep just up the slope though ! . . . Rmh.


Hi Roger and Ann
Well a year has gone by since Mary and I were at Rose Cottage but I said then that I would be up to The Lakes in June 2009. I and three walking colleagues stayed at the Wasdale Lodge YHA over the weekend of the 8th and despite the less than idyllic weather we managed to get some walking. The weekend started well with a visit to the two hostelries in Nether Wasdale on Friday night. After a quick sample of The Strand's home brew we crossed the road to The Screes where we spent the evening being entertained by Cumbria group The Roosters performing to celebrate the installation of the new landlord. We perhaps stayed a little longer than we should and perhaps drank a little more than we ought. We rolled back to the lodge before midnight (just).

For Saturday we had promised ourselves the summit of Great Gable and despite the rain, wind, sleet and snow we made it from a very wet Wasdale Head via Sty Head and Raven Crag. We had hoped to continue and visit Black Sale Hut, a place none of us had been to before but the weather showed no sign of improving so we descended the not very pleasant scree path (?) to Beck head and back down to Wasdale. On Sunday we started a low level meander from the hostel to Greendale and Nether Wasdale (cup of tea at The Strand) before ascending to Whin Rigg via Irton Fell giving us great views to the Isle of Man. Unfortunately one of our party had stayed in the valley (dodgy knees) and although the weather had much improved we declined the temptation to continue along to Illgill Head and return via the lakeside scree path.

I can well imagine that you both get recognised all the time by total strangers, especially in the company of Harry and Bethan. Roger, do you get a bonus from Fishers' for all the additional customers you attract? I'll keep my eyes open for Harry and Bethan whenever I get up there, I expect you'll not be far behind unless your swimming of course!!!

Best regards, Richard Blossom.
(ps At least I can now spell Rhododendrons)

More of Richards photos can be found at his new Picassa photo site


Hi Roger and Ann.

Since this email I have completed the last one !

I spent a glorious week at Neaum crags in the Langdales. We had a family holiday and introduced the kids to Wainwright bagging, managed Castle Crag, Black crag and Latrigg. Then on Fri 12th of June My walking partner and his wife came up to bag the last one which was Loughrigg fell. We couldn't have chosen a better week as it was glorious weather and not too hot. We had Chocolate cigars on the top then went down back to Loughrigg tarn where I went for a swim, then walked back to the pub at Skelwith Bridge. Enclosed is the final summit photo of me and Martin.

We did pop into your shop but it was your diner hour as you were no where to be seen. That was both you and sean (Striding Edge) that I failed to meet. Its really hard to meet up with your heroes you know !

I can't wait to get back up there and start to really investigate the areas we have done as we did them in just under 2 years. Some of them we just bagged and went on. Now its time to get off the beaten track and really see the area.

i am glad you have started to add maps in to your web site as they are really useful. Keep up the great work and long may you have the time to get out there in such stunning scenery.

We will meet one day, and I can thank you personally for the help, as looking at your web site and Sean's I have been able to plan routes better and also see what to expect, so they are really useful, and are my main pages on the internet

Thank you, Glenn.

Dear Roger and Ann

It is the mad stalker women you came across in Stonethwaite (not sure of spelling) on Thursday.

It was fantastic to see you both in the flesh, and I am really sorry if I spooked you both. But I go on your website so much that I felt I already knew you, but forgot you would not know me from Adam. My friends thought it was really funny and I was the target of fun all night.

Anyway, as requested, have attached couple of pics for you from this holiday (thought you would like the ones of Stan and Ern looking pretty shattered).
We are up Lakes again in six and a half weeks and counting. I try to get up every April, June, August and New Year - much cheaper if I just moved up there. And by the way, my friends pointed out that only would I have come across to you as being rather mad but my choice of footwear would have confirmed it.

So, just to explain - this was the first time my friends had visited the Lakes and we had chosen Catbells for them. When returning back to the car, we decided to go for a drink and we had spotted the little pub in Stonethwaite (oh, why are the names so awkward) a few days before whilst doing Greenup Edge (think it was that anyway). So, back at car I do my normal thing of exchanging my walking boots for my flip flops - Just to confirm that I did not do Catbells in them.

Anyway, better do some work now. Yes, I am back sitting behind my desk in Bury St Edmunds - wish I was there.

Take Care and again it was great meeting you both.

Love Teresa & Jason

Stan and Ern, our two terriers, looking pretty shattered.

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Denise and Stephen on Catbells . . . That's right says Jason !

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