Remember: Press F11 for a full screen view of this page.


" We Wish You a Merry Christmas "

Date & start time:    Sunday 24th December 2017.

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

Places visited :         Loweswater village and the good folk thereabouts.

Walk details :             Here and there.

Highest point :          A week of sociable goodwill to all men . . . long may it continue.

With :                           Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.

Weather :                    Best not said . . . but it won't be a white Christmas !

© Crown copyright. All rights reserved. Licence number PU 100034184.


The year has nearly gone full circle and it is time to post a page dedicated to you the viewers. 

With the 1.5 millionth view recorded last night (ten past midnight Loweswater time)

may we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a few pictures from recent days.

Time to put the Christmas lights up . . . but the reflections are on damp roads not snow this year.

Click here for a special Christmas Song.

(Make sure your PC speakers are switched on . . . then control the sound from the secondary display )

The music track is courtesy of our friend Helmut Hudler in Austria . . . he sings the part of Santa with his music group "Vokal 8" recorded in concert 2013.

The friendly light in the defib phone box . . .
. . . and at the Kirkstile Inn for our Farmer's Christmas Meal.

We discussed the flooding of recent years and discussed the ways the Rivers Trust are trying to alleviate it.

Vicky Salis and her team brought a working river model along for the lads to play with, set up in the back room (sorry no pictures).

As it was the Christmas meeting we also enjoyed a Kirkstile meal in very pleasant surroundings that night.

- - - o o o - - -

It looks like we're not going to get a white Christmas this year.

The below-zero temperatures of late led to a problem Saturday of black ice when the first rains fell

but now the southerly winds have brought 'warm' air and the temperatures have risen considerably.

A misty view of our garden from our lounge window.

The flip side of damp weather is that it sometimes produces nice cloud effects.

This was the layered clouds moving across Low Fell across the field from our cottage.

- - - o o o - - -

Christmas is a time for carol singing . . . a local tradition that has been kept going for many years.

On Thursday we met up at Brook Farm, Thackthwaite and enjoyed liquid refreshments and mince pies

to tune our voices ready for an evening of song.

Latterhead . . . with song but also a slight drizzle in the air.

John Macfarlane's picture of Ann (our organiser) myself, Margi and Sue.

Underneath the arch at Foulsyke . . .
Singing for Joan and her grandchildren . . .
. . . rewards for our wassailing.

Warm mulled wine and more refreshments on this cool evening.

No names . . . to protect the guilty.

John's picture again with a more spectral look.

Back to the Kirkstile to sing to the hotel residents and visitors . . .

Well it was on the way . . . would be churlish not too !

A few songs later we stopped at the Grange Hotel at the bottom end of Loweswater.

Indoors by the warm fire for a selection of carols.

A lull in proceedings as we request a final choice of song to sing.

The evening continued with a very sociable hour or so at Kenny and Val Bell's farm which was most appreciated.

Many of those who were unable to join us 'on the road' made it up to the farm for this pre-Christmas event.

- - - o o o - - -

Another day and another weather system.

Friday morning and the clouds at the head of the valley were continually on the move.

Zooming in on Rannerdale Knotts as the sun tries to break through at the head of the valley.

- - - o o o - - -


In the evening a small band of singers

met up at Brackenthwaite

in order to sing our way to Buttermere.


- - - o o o - - -


The five local carol evenings (I did two)

were in aid of the charity NSPCC

and the generosity of local people this year

will mean an amount in excess of a thousand pound

will be offered to the charity to help pay for activities

that make children and young people safer throughout the UK

including the national 0808 800 5000 Childline Service.

We started proceedings at Scale Hill.

There were many stops on the way tonight including this one at Rannerdale Farm.

The Bridge Hotel invited us to sing.
Christmas lights brighten the Fish Hotel too.

Mike and Ann invited us in to sing at Syke Farm.


We can't leave out Betty in Buttermere

who used to be a stalwart singer for many years.

- - - o o o - - -


Afterwards we gathered at Yvette and Richards

for a very sociable hour or so.

Sorry about eating so much of your nice Christmas cake Richard !

- - - o o o - - -

A few local Christmas lights . . . including Fletcher's garden tree at Crossgates with a 'snowy' white top and reindeer.

Tree lights guide us home through Lamplugh.

- - - o o o - - -

The beauty of the British climate is that it is always changing.

The following morning dawned bright with the sun shining down the valley underneath the clouds . . .

and lit up the Church . . . . two days before Christmas.

- - - o o o - - -

So it's time to relax into the festive period.

We hope you all have a relaxed few days and like us, look forward to a Happy New Year.

- - - o o o - - -


Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon 1100D Digital SLR or John's iPhone.

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

This site best viewed with . . . A warm log fire for the dark evenings of winter.

Go to Top . . . © RmH . . . Email me here

Previous walk - 23/24th December 2017 - Pre-Christmas Crummock Walks

Next page - The Loweswatercam Web Counter "Competition Results"

- - - o o o - - -


One last thought from a regular Loweswatercam Viewer :-

The AA have warned that anyone travelling in icy conditions should take a shovel,

a blanket or sleeping bag, extra clothing (such as a hat, a scarf and gloves)....

sufficient food and drink for 24 hours, de-icer and rock salt,

torch and spare battery, petrol can and jump leads, first aid kit.

I felt a right idiot on the bus !

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from John Grayson


- - - o o o - - -

On sale now . . . last ten copies . . . yours for New Year !

The Loweswatercam Calendar 2018

For this 10th anniversary edition we have been looking

back at the year to bring you twelve months of

Loweswater pictures, Lakeland scenes

and your favourite mountain dogs.

£10 a copy (plus postage + packaging if required) Special offer available for two or more.

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

Click here to see the full details and to order your copy.