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" Season's Greetings from Loweswater "

Date & start time:    24th December 2016

Location of Start :   The red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited :         Local and Cockermouth, around and about.

Walk details :            Not too far is the plan.

Highest point :          Sociable good cheer spread as liberally as possible.

Christmas with :       Ourselves and our dogs, Harry and Dylan ( plus anyone we see on the day).

Weather :                    Well . . . Storm Barbara passed okay but it's going to be a mild Christmas.


The Christmas Wreath at the Kirkstile entrance . . .


An amalgamation of photos from recent days to set the scene for the holiday ahead.

This was sunrise last week . . . the start of a lovely day.

The recent frosts and cold nights have turned the last of the autumnal green leaves to brown

and left a cool sheen on the grass for a while . . . too cold to run around 'puffin'.

Some of the recent days have been rather nice . . . here the phone box and afternoon sunshine on Whiteside.

A mackerel sky tells of an approaching cold front

and the weather turned as forecasted . . . from frosty to mild.

Misty days and wet afternoon dog walks down to the side of Crummock Water.

Great weather for ducks . . . or should we say Canada geese.

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Harry and Dylan featured on Tony Richard's Lakelandcam web site this month.

Tony had photographed an un-named sand artist in Kendal market, so reminiscent of our two that I forwarded him the second picture.

I tend to put up larger numbers of photos on this site but not every day . . . Tony Richards manages fewer pictures but does it every day day of the year

Respect . . . I think the kids say . . . full marks for effort I say.

[ Make a note of the link above or find it on our Links Page ready made for you ]

Christmas has come to Loweswater

and the Christmas tree is down from the loft.

Presents from family and friends have been placed under it

. . . ready for my birthday !

Outside the cottage has a few discrete blue lights

to cheer the damp evening air.

The artist in me just had to catch the reflections of the lights on the cars.

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More impressive lights this time on the outside of the Borrowdale Hotel.

Despite retiring from George Fishers earlier in the year

they still love me enough to invite me to the staff Christmas evening.

In the dining room "the team" celebrated in style . . . names withheld to protect the guilty !

The hotel decorations were lavish but tastefully done . . . by someone else . . . easy.

In Loweswater it is time

to start the Christmas festivities

with a round of carol singing in the village.

Traffic is sparse and so we can sing outside people's homes.

This was the scene at Latterhead.

Sadly the white dots are drops of rain not snow.

More carol singing at the First Responders Mulled Wine and Mince Pies Evening at the Lorton Yew Tree Hall.


The evening was also a fundraising event to

to install a third local public defibrillator, in Lorton this time.

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We received an e-card from the Community Heartbeat Trust.

You're supposed to use the phone handset not the defib pads Santa !

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On a trip out to Cockermouth . . .

I passed through the village of Ullock and turned to see the old Pullman carriage beautifully illuminated.

This is in the garden of a railway enthusiast who has a home next to an old abandoned railway line.

[ This is a fine refurbishment of the carriage that used to be a dining car outside a pub in Arlecdon nearer the west coast.]

In Cockermouth the Trout Hotel is up and running after a refurbishment

following last years watery tribulations.

A lovely tree in their ornamental garden.

Out in Main Street in Cockermouth . . .

. . . there are decorated windows ready for Christmas
and Christmas lights all the way down the street.

The Wordsworth Inn on Main Street.

The pub is named after William Wordsworth who was raised in Wordsworth House further down the road.

A fine tree alongside the Mayo statue in the centre of town.

The view from the other side.
Fancy a get away this Christmas ?
. . . or stay at home and enjoy a good book ?
Coffee on cold days . . . ice cream on warm ones ?

They have an unusual but seasonal window display . . .

. . . just at the right height for passing children.

The grooming parlour is busy in the run up to Christmas . . . the steam from their busy dryers fogging the windows.

The Cockermouth Mountain Rescue centre has large Christmas tree lighting on the wall.

I tried to focus this shot but realised the confusion is due to the reflection on the stonework . . . the photo is fine !

Back in Loweswater the Grange Hotel has decorated their doorways . . .

. . . and the Kirkstile also has a welcoming light.

Their tree is at the door to the bar and their Christmas wreath on their door features at the head of this page.

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Over the last year we have enjoyed many visits from followers of the 'Cam

and many of you have sent us such lovely emails.

Grasmoor and the Buttermere Valley.
Myresyke and Loweswater.

This Christmas Rosi in Brazil has also sent us two photos of paintings she has done recently.

It seems that our site has inspired her to set paint-to-paper based on some of our local views.

Hold your cursor over the right hand picture to see Rosi's Loweswatercam inspiration.

Thank you Rosi, we were thrilled to see these.

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We raise a glass of our 2016 sloe gin to you all and a special thanks

to those of you who have bought our calendar again this year.

Together we have raised over three hundred pounds

for the local Rescue teams and Air Ambulance once again.

Now on sale . . . The Loweswatercam Calendar 2017

Twelve classic views of the Lake District as featured on Loweswatercam.

Click here to order your calendar now for just £10 a copy

£1 of every calendar sold goes to support the Air Ambulance and local Mountain Rescue.

A final figure will be published

once we've sold the last six copies . . . any offers ?

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Recently we were visited by, or travelled down to see all our children prior to Christmas.

Paula, Tom and Abi in Loweswater.
Jenna in Sheffield.
Cathy in Camberley.
Gareth and Rhian - in Camberley on a visit at the same time as us.
We also met friends on the way round . . .
. . . so making it a really sociable week away

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For now . . . the quiet life is ours over the next few days.

We hope you have the Christmas you wish for and go on to have an enjoyable 2017.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's new Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Compact System Camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a year full of good memories.

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Next walk - 25/26 th December 2016 - Christmas and Boxing Day Outings

Dear Anne and Roger and the Twae Dugs,
Thank you both indeed for another Year of memories of times passed, plus quite a few places I never reached, and at 90 I probably never will - away here in Canada !

Have a Right Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year with many, many more happy days on the Fells. Bill S.


Hi Ann and Roger, I wish you and all the family


Also for the lovely Harry and Dylan.

Thank you for all the beautiful photos posted during this year, which gave me the opportunity to paint some landscapes.      I send photos of two paintings.  Big hug Rosi


Hello Roger

Thank you for your message, your picture was too good, I just ‘had’ to stick it on the cam.

Thanks again and a very Happy Christmas to you all.  Best Regards, Tony at


Christmas Eve and all is well..... even the weather is being well behaved.
A great festive show of the vale and that's the first time I have seen Cockermouth looking
out standing and Mei Lord Mayo brings back a lot of Happy Summer Memories.
Great pictures of the towns decoration illumination... ah nostalgia of Christmas past
and the wafting savory smells of Christmas dinners cooking come floating along the streets
Now the Ice cream parlour is new.. competition for Lucini or has time moved on to change that
favoured spot of respite with its aroma of coffee tempting the test buds to tarry awhile and sample
the fare to those who have the time to dally away from the hustle of the working day.

Truly the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Cumberland

To Dylan and Harry and their carerers.
Thank you for a most enjoyable travelogue on the eve of Christmas Present

Lloyd and Ruth in New Zealand


HI Roger, Ann, Harry & Dylan
Thank you once again for all the wonderful photos you have posted this year.  We do so enjoy your website, it gives us so much pleasure whilst we are away from the Lakes.
Shouted the Happy Christmas, in the hopes you would hear, well you are over 190 miles away !
Fingers crossed the worst of the storms give the Lakes a miss this year.
With very best wishes also for a healthy and prosperous New Year
Hilary and David xx