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Autumn 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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Roger & Ann;

I thought your viewers would be interested to know that the Grasmere Lion & the Lamb shown (only just) behind my friend Brian and I when we had hiked up to see them a couple of seasons ago.

Then on a recent vacation to Hawaii with my wife, I was somewhat amazed to see yet another Crouching Lion on the cliffs of the north coast of Oahu, (the main island). No lamb though, maybe the lion was hungry ;-))

Have a nice day ... David Hughlock



Today's photos of Latrigg and the Railway Path brought back many happy memories. We used to stay in a cottage a friend had for many years at Eleventrees.

When the kids were tiny we were up on Latrigg regularly usually driving to the car park and walking to to summit. Also cycling the railway path. We did not get to the end when they where tiny, but the following years it was no problem.

A couple of years ago we did the C2C and the Railway path must have taken all of 10 mins to cycle end to end.

The Kids love the outdoors, walking cycling & climbing. They/we have been all over Europe and the States. There are in their twenties/ late teens now. Was it something in the North Lakes air ?

Happy memories, we will be across for a week in Keswick in October after a few years break, wonder if it has changed much.

Thanks for the memories,

C Jordan.

Hello Roger and Ann

I have been looking at your excellent site for a couple of years and find it really informative.
What caught my eye on your recent walk was how Roger seems to be almost hovering on the edge of the path in the obligatory fashion photo.

Is that a trick photo or do you have special powers ?

Keep up the good work

Darren, a fellow fell walker.


Modesty prevents me answering this one . . . Rmh ;o)


" Name that Fell "

The closer green one is Sleet Fell (part of Place Fell) . . . the second is Blencathra (no points there) . . . what's the third fell behind ?

- - - o o o - - -

Thanks Roger,

That really is a strong line of cloud over Blencathra !

Here's a couple of photos of Sue and I

at Pooley Bridge and Loweswater in the rain !

Andrew Popplewell . . . Bradford

Are you saying it rains a lot at Loweswater ? . . . Rmh


Loweswatercam . . . 11th August 2009
. . . the Beda Fell Walk.

Hi Roger,

The day following your visit a friend and I did Hallin Fell and Steel Knotts in the morning, which he 'needed' to do. Then, because I had brought my sketching things with me, I said he should go up Beda Fell whilst I sat and sketched - it was nice sat in the sun (for the few minutes it stayed out!)

I will send you some recent paintings (and initial sketch) from a day trip to Martindale.

The painting includes all genuine colours seen on the day although as Eric Morecambe might say, not necessarily in the right order !


Hi Ian

Thanks for the email, the sketch and the delightful painting.

I feel they would be of interest to everyone so I have posted them here.

I have paraphrased your emails. I hope you don't mind.

It seems you got inspiration from the old church too.

Cheers . . . Rmh


Hi Roger and Ann,

In April last year (2008) my son Richard & I drove up to Fort William (breaking the journey to stay with relatives in North Yorkshire). It had long been our ambition to climb Ben Nevis. We hired crampons from the local climbing shop, as we'd seen the snow line from the viewpoint. We went up on a beautiful clear sunny day and Picture 1 shows Richard at about 3300'. Picture 2 shows me at the point where we had lunch at about 3500', some 900' below the summit. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are The Mamores. Unfortunately, Richard realised that his illness a couple of months earlier had left him weaker than we realised, so we decided to turn back. Pity we didn't see the view from the top, like I'd seen it in 1962 surrounded by snow-called peaks with a school party (no crampons in those days!). just as well, though, since Richard barely made it down!

So we organised another trip this July (2009), when we wouldn't have to bother with crampons or thermal base layers (vests we used to call them when I was a lad). This time we flew up from Stansted to Glasgow and hired a car. Picture 3 shows the view from about 2800', with Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil down below. It was lovely and warm, but unfortunately we entered the cloud base at about 4100'. Picture 3 & 4 show us on the summit, where it was raining hard with hail and blowing a gale! So we didn't see the view from the top again! I'm told that it's clear on average only one day in four. Picture 6 shows the view of Lochan Meall an t-Suide on the way down. It took us a total of 7 hours (4 up & 3 down) and we covered 9.5 miles from the car park at the Visitor Centre near Achintee House.

Needless to say we went up via the Tourist Route, since the aretes to the north-east are beyond our capabilities. I hope you get the chance to climb the Ben sometime - it's quite an experience, but beware, on average about 300 people a day do the route so Loweswater it is not. My heart is still in the Lakes!

Thanks for the lovely photos of Suffolk - a real joy.

John Grayson.


(left) Richard at 3300 ft in April 2008

(above) Myself at 3500 ft just before lunch.

(below left and right) Summit reached July 2009

Lochan Meall an t-Suide
Myself on the way down.

Hope you are both well !!!

Sorry I haven't been in touch since the last email from Ann... may be April time, in which I said I would forward some photos. Unfortunately the rat race has been errr... 'ratty' this year but I have attached some photos better late than never I hope !!!

There are photos on Catbells taken on Angie's birthday 30th November which was a beautiful day. There's also a photo taken at the Highfield Hotel in Keswick of Angie's desert !! (The hotel really looked after us !) The other photos are taken on Castle Crag in mid March just after my 50th on yet another wonderful day !!!

We are up in Patterdale for a week from next Saturday and will be Wainwright bagging. I've downloaded some stuff from '' it's decent but I'm using your site to break the walks up into more manageable chunks !! We've done a lot of the Eastern/ Far Eastern fells but we hope to bag about 10 -20 new ones. This will make the 'White Lion' an invaluable watering hole !

We will be doing the Northern Fells soon and I'd be grateful for a few tips then as to how to approach bagging the unpopular ones away from Skiddaw etc. if you'd be so kind !

Finally, I'd like to say how much I love your site, I can click into a different world for a few minutes as a short respite in the middle of a busy and sometimes stressful day !

All the best

Dave and Angie Beaumont

(above) 30th November
(below) Mid March

Hello Roger and Ann,

Sadly the holiday is over. We had a great time and didn't want to return home but all story's come to an end.

The little story and all the pictures are on our website
[ Due to some privacy-issues there are no pictures of us on the website.]

We would like to thank you again for the drinks we shared and the walk.
If there are pictures of you or the dogs that you would like, give us a
sign and we will send you the picture.

Until next time!

Greetings Koen & Ans

Our web site : Photo-Memories


Hi Roger and Ann,

Hope you had a great time in Scotland and glad to be back.

Well I said I was going to give you a bit of my past history here goes. Born in Carlisle, my dad was C.R.Wilson (Charlie) was a well known fell and rock climber in the past. He was a original member of the Carlisle Mountaineering Club and the Fell and Rock Club of the UK. He was a climbing friend of George Fisher . Dad and Len Muscroft and Jim Birkett climbed Castle rock of Thrimane ( Think spelling is Wrong) for the first time, and the three started up The Lakeland Guides.

Bill Birkett is still around the southern lakes (Jims boy). I remember George Fisher when he came up to Seathwaite a lot to talk and have tea and scones with us in the farm house. George was a big member of the Keswick Mountain Rescue with another guy I remember Jim Barbour and Gibby Heyton. Just Roger go into a book called Cumbrian Rock and my dad photos are in there.So you see we have some Lakeland history!!

I knew Chris Bonnington as a young guy , that went out with my friend's sister Glenda Wilson of Stanger st, Keswick many moons ago. He come up the world didn't he?. I started my working life working for Wilson Barrow at Greysouthern Farm, Loweswater when I was 16 or 17 years back in 1956 or so. Also Roger I biked to the Kirkstile Inn to the Farmers Group meetings then have a pint and bike back!! in the 50's. Long time ago, so the Group has being going for a lot of years. And still meets at the same pub Great.

I have been living in Alberta for the last 44years and retired but still remise of the good times having a drink with the climbers and shepherds of Borrowdale in the back bar of the Scalfell Hotel!! then biking back to Seathwaite with a few pints in me, then going to the fell on a Sunday to gather sheep for clipping. God I must have been fit then. When you talk to Peter Edmondson next time mention my name!!

When guys I think I have done enough rambling on and I will sign off for now and hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards, Bill Wilson.

Thanks Bill . . . it puts our day to day life and interests in this area in perspective . . . Rmh


Hi Roger and Ann,

Your photos and the accompanying descriptions and comments are a frequent and perfect pleasure.

I once lived on the far side of Mosser fell, just over the hill from Loweswater, and sometimes walked the fell road to Kirkstile. Although I've visited a few times since then, my time there is too infrequent to satisfy my desire to be there, in all weathers and seasons.

Your current photos and reportage from Scotland are an added treat.

Thank you both (and the dogs) for shrinking the distance from Massachusetts to Cumbria.

Judy Hallberg

Hello Roger,

I must thank you for your well journaled treks around the UK. I have
visited the Uk for photos for my paintings, but I found more wonderful
things from your site than in my travels..... you really are in a
beautiful spot.

Thanks for posting so much. I'd love to go on a hike
with you all .... seems I know you after reading and seeing all your

Mark Keathley

you can see my art work here.


Hi Roger and Ann,

Finally I managed to make my pictures smaller in order to send them to you.

Although the weather wasn't too good ,we still managed to enjoy every
minute of the splendid scenery and we are hoping to return next year
greetings from luc and ria and a hug for the dogs
thanks again for the pleasant welcome Roger and Ann

Luc and Ria Lemiere

( Recipe please Ann )


Cheese Scones Recipe.

8 oz (250 gms) Self raising flour : 2 oz margarine.

1/4 teaspoon salt : 1/2 tsp dry mustard : 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper.

3 oz Cheddar cheese : 5-6 tablespoons of milk

Sieve ingredients into a large bowl, add most of the cheese

(keep a little for the topping).

Add the milk and make into a dough.

Use a round cutter to cut and shape and bake in a hot oven

12 minutes @ 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serve with friends.

The day we came over for a cup and very taste cheese scones.
The famous pines pictured with hidden Haystacks
Self portrait - only a part of the Screes (I did not pay for the whole view)
A nice walk along Newlands beck. Great views all around (Causey Pike).
Ria enjoying the lovely view in Robin Lane near troutbeck in full sunshine.


We have recently been on an Australian Holiday. Perth-Darwin- Katherine Gorge- Alice Springs- Murray River-Adelaide and back home.
I have put some photos on Facebook if you would like to see them.

I've also attached a photo of us taken a few Christmases ago

Like you, I am always happy to see the person behind the camera.

Best Wishes
Jack and Joan. Australia.

Hi Jack, The photos of Australia were a great reminder of our visit.

Thanks for sending us the personal link and the photo to post here.

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