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31st Dec 2013 - Back from Cinderdale ~ New Year's Eve

Ann and Jo enjoy a local walk back from Cinderdale to home. The weather cycles through fine days and rough.  This was one of the better ones. It is the last day of the year and friends join us later to see the evening out.


29-30th Dec 2013 - Ling & Lan...thwaite Hill

Yin and Yang . . . chalk and cheese that tie closely together.  The weather seems to be doing the same thing here. We'd feel a but browned off but the rest of the country is suffering the same way, so sit back and enjoy !


25th Dec 2013 - Barrow Fell for Christmas Day

With no-one at home to wake us early, we enjoy a liesurely late morning walk up to the summit of Barrow Fell overlooking Keswick and Derwent Water. A few folk about and not a drop of rain in sight !


25th Dec 2013 - Season's Greetings.

May we wish you the compliments of the season and leave it more or less to the photos to remind us all of the year past.  Many thanks to all those that helped raise over £350 for Mountain Rescue this year via sales of our Loweswatercam Calendar.


15-19th Dec 2013 - Loweswater to London

Chance to get away and visit the family as our Christmas break will be short due to work commitments. We have seen Paula and Gareth recently so it is off to Camberley, but with a lunch appointment with Jenna in the Peak District first.


13th Dec 2013 - Finlay of Borrowdale

We had an invite recently from a couple who live in Grange in Borrowdale. They have followed our website for a while and have recently acquired a young puppy.  They needed a good fell dog and what better choice than one of those golden fluffy things !


11th Dec 2013 - Fangs Brow and Weather

Playing catch up here as we return to the Lakes and finally get time to download the camera of photos taken a seemingly long ten days ago.  The wether had been variable with a poor day in Keswick, followed by a lovely afternoon locally just a few days later. Dee, John and Keith feature in these.


7th Dec 2013 - St Bees on a Winter's Afternoon

The clouds were down and the breeze was up while Jo was visiting for the weekend.  A local walk to Felldyke was changes en-route as we saw clearer weather at the coast. St Bees seafront and headland after the recent storm.


4th Dec 2013 - Sherran, Bill and Angie.

Several fairly poor weather days recently have unfortunately coincided with the visit of friends but we did manage a couple of local walks. Sherran, Bill and Angie were staying in Ambleside so we used the excuse to travel over to them on Saturday and enjoy a nice meal over there.


1st Dec 2013 - Keswick Christmas Fayre

The first Sunday in December and the streets of Keswick are closed in order to hold the Christmas Fayre.  Father Christmas is due to arrive with his Reindeers and the town joins in to entertain the locals and visitors alike.


30th Nov 2013 - Local Mellbreak and Crummock Water

A difficult week at home as we say goodbye to our younger dog Bethan. The atmosphere and the walks are a little more subdued but countryside and friends still brighten the soul in between the grey moments and grey clouds.


19th November 2013 - Local and Cogra

Every now and then, a forecasted fine day exceeds all expectations and, with shorter walks at present, we manage a morning and an evening outing in between all the other jobs. Living in the Lakes can still be quite busy.


11 - 17th November 2013 - A Wedding and a Weekend

An invite to an Evening Reception completes the busy weekend but there's another ahead as family are up for a pre-Christmas visit. The local colours continue to delight when the sun breaks through the cloud.


10th November 2013 - Castle Crag for Remembrance

On Sunday a group of OFC members, including ourselves, walked to the summit of Castle Crag to join others in an Act of Remembrance for those who lost their lives whilst serving in the Armed Forces of this country.


9th November 2013 - VSCC Lakeland Hill Climb at Honister

The Vintage Sports-Car Club is held its annual Lakeland Trial this weekend and Gareth and I drive to Honister to spectate at the hill climb that challenges the vintage sports cars to drive up the steep climb to the slate workings.


4th November 2013 - Loweswater Reflections

A second walk this afternoon included both dogs and as the weather was so superb we walked over to Loweswater from Maggie's Bridge.  We were joined by friends Dee and John and their dog Amber for a fine local walk.


4th November 2013 - First Frost and a Mellbreak Meander

The first frost of the winter down here in the valley led on to a lovely late autumn day with clear skies and beautiful sunshine.  Mellbreak in the morning and a second walk in the afternoon to Loweswater (details shortly).


1st November 2013 - Halloween & Rannerdale Ramble

A quiet walking time due to work and other restrictions.  This afternoon Ann and I managed a walk along the side of Rannerdale Knotts on an afternoon that included a brief visit to Honister to check on Calendar sales.


20th October 2013 - Lowther Photo Exhibition and walk

We had an invite to the opening of an exhibition of photographs taken by a friend in Lowther Castle. He and another artist were exhibiting for the first time, the subject being Lowther Park and it's gardens.


20th October 2013 - Local History in 20 Objects

The Local History Society has put on an exhibition to celebrate their 20th anniversary.  They have collected items reflecting the activities of the people who have lived in this area over time . . . " Local History in 20 objects "


10th to 15th October 2013 - A Week in the Life ...

This week we've enjoyed several local walks with Harry and Bethan. It was also a birthday week for her too so the candles were out.  Candles featured on my walk over to Loweswater Bothy too, this time to celebrate someone else's birthday.  All together an illuminating week.


12th October 2013 - Fleetwith Pike with Jo and Neil

Jo was over at the weekend.  Neil was in the area too and was asking after a walk, so after a combined theatre visit Friday night, the four of us joined up again to enjoy a walk at the head of the valley ... Saturday on Fleetwith Pike.


27th/29th September 2013 - Local Autumn Sunshine

A combination of three shorter walks in the sunshine of late September. In the woods the first signs of autumn are showing with the changing colours of the leaves and a good display of toadstools.  Don't ask me to identify them !


28th September 2013 - Low Fell in the Sunshine

It is Saturday towards the end of summer and recent rains and the ending of the school holiday have reduced the number of visitors to the Lakes. We take the back road down the valley to Thackthwaite to start today's sunny walk.


21st September 2013 - Misty Souther Fell with Jo

The weather was poor today and the forecast not much better, but they predicted better weather in the north and east of the Park, so we head off to Souther Fell alongside Blencathra and meet Jo at Mousthwaite Combe.


Beadnell Bay with Gary

Bamburgh Bay Walk
Dunstanburgh Castle from above

7th September 2013 - 24 Peaks  Water Aid ~ High Stile

Another mountain challenge and what a challenge they faced this weekend. A sponsored walk for Water Aid found teams coping with very poor weather over the central fells ... eleven planned summits today, thirteen tomorrow.


3rd September 2013 - Latrigg with Jo and Jen

Midweek and the sun is shining on the fells again.  We fancied a shorter walk today because of an evening commitment later today, but we still packed a light lunch to enjoy somewhere with a view ... Latrigg would do nicely


1st September 2013 - The Loweswater Show 2013

The first Sunday in September is the date for the " Loweswater Show" so whether you be a farmer, a local tradesman, a child, a pensioner, a local or a visitor, come along and enjoy "The 2013 (137th) Loweswater Show"


28th August 2013 - Dale Head to Buttermere Walk

Three summits today but in a relatively straight forward way.  Leaving a car at Buttermere for the return leg we drove to Honister to start the climb to Dale Head. A bonus point at the end for using my bus pass instead of the car.


22nd August 2013 - Alan and Nigel's 214 - Mellbreak

We met Alan and Nigel recently and they told us of their plans to finish the Wainwright 214 on Mellbreak this Thursday. A bright and early start found nine of us climbing our local fell for a celebration on the summit.


17th August 2013 - Ed and Susan's Wedding

We met Edmund and his brother Paul through our links with the Online Fellwalking Club and through Ed, we soon got to know Susan too. Today was the day of their wedding in the New Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale.


13th August 2013 - Hopebeck Valley and Binsey

A combination of two walks both undertaken during the recent sunny spell.  Hopegill gives the dogs chance to roam free and enjoy a swim. Binsey swaps the swims for views of Bassenthwaite and north toward Scotland.


11th August 2013 - Loweswater - over the Rainbow

We manage a dog walk every day and this day was no exception and, with camera in hand, Hilton took a few nice photos of Crummock Water.  A few days earlier we had seen the " best rainbow ever " here in Loweswater.


3rd August 2013 - Three People ... Four Stones

An afternoon walk for Jo and ourselves and we drive over to Haweswater to visit a new summit for the first time (for us).  The gentle nature of the walk meant that all four dogs were able to come along on this lovely shorter walk.


31st July 2013 - Local and Hen Comb with Paula

While the family were here we did several local walks and the children wanted to swim so this combination of several walks hopefully gives an impression of just that. Let's hope the water is warm enough.


30th July 2013 - Black Sail to meet Friends

Our daughter and grandchildren are up in the Lakes and friends of hers are walking the Coast to Coast.  We arrange to meet up at Black Sail Hostel in the Ennerdale Valley, which we haven't been to for quite some time.


22nd July 2013 - John's Tour of the Lake District

A friend is over from Australia and the weather is being very sunny to match his home climate.  A tour of the Lakes is called for in order to show him where we live, the attractions of the area ... and the roads !


15th July 2013 - Dale Head and Grisedale Pike

Our daughter is home for some of the summer and in this fine weather she asks to walk a couple of high fells.  The first is chosen to get a view out of the valley and the second is actually out of the valley, but not too far.


14th July 2013 - Summer Sunshine weekend

The Fine weather continues and so with our son up this weekend and our daughter staying with us for a few weeks we can get out to enjoy the warmth that has accompanied this year's fine weather. A walk, swim and sunset.


9th July 2013 - Fishers Ullswater Trip

The weather smiles sweetly on George Fisher staff tonight as this burst of summer sunshine coincides with the 2013 works outing on the Ullswater Steamer. Join us tonight for a Cumbrian Fish Supper Cruise down the lake.


22nd June - 6th July 2013 - Summer visit to Skye

We are on location again as we head north to Scotland . . . the Isle of Skye to be precise for a two week break. With so much walking available here in Cumbria, our holiday will be mainly seeing the sights not climbing the hills.


1. Towards Skye

2. Talisker
3. The Braes
4. Neist Point
5. Dunvegan
6. Stein
7. Trotternish
8. Portree

16th June 2013 - Langstrath on the level

Needs must for a flat walk today so when Jo came over we packed the swimming costumes and lunch and headed for Langstrath.  Would the weather stay sunny, the water warm ? Were we too optimistic ? Is the Pope Catholic ?


10th June 2013 - The Willsher's Darling Fell

The Willsher family were up in the Lakes and emailed to say they would like to visit.  We arranged really fine weather but it failed to materialise. The visit and the walk up Darling Fell were a delight nevertheless.


9th June 2013 - Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags

Crinkle Crags is usually walked from the Langdale Valley but today Ann and I decided to approach from Three Shires Stone to the south and an initial climb up Cold Pike seemed a nice way to vary the out-and-back route.


5th June 2013 - Hart Crag and the Priest Hole

Bethan and I last walked Hart Crag in  a rain storm, in the half-light of a wet September morning in 2010.  Neither Ann nor Harry have walked it since 2006 so we head upward to pick another fell from our combined third round.


1st June 2013 - High Street and Mardale Ill Bell

Both Jo and ourselves are nearing the end of our respective Wainwright Rounds and all of us haven't been up Mardale Ill Bell for a long while so this Saturday we motored over to the top of Haweswater for a classic walk.


29th May / 2nd June 2013 - Hen Comb and Holme Woods

Simon and Beth are over and Beth hasn't climbed one of our local fells, Hen Comb. The weather wasn't particularly good for the high tops so that decided our plans for today. Next day we walked to Holme Woods to see the flowers.


25th May 2013 - Yoke, Bells and Romans

I think summer has finally arrived as Ann and I take a walk up the Garburn Road and out onto the three fells on the western side of the Kentmere Round.  Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and the Roman Road back should be fine today.


24th/26th May 2013 - Rannerdale Bluebells 2 - 2013

Following the visit last week we decided the Rannerdale flowers still had a short time to go before they reached maturity. This weekend the sun came out and the colours came through in a big way . . . the best display for years.


23rd May 2013 - Carrock Fell and Lingy Hut.

Jill and Nigel are up in the Lakes on holiday.  They had walked the grassier 'Back o'Skiddaw' fells yesterday and were intrigued by the prospect of walking the one fell in that area that was different in geology as it had rocks !


17th May 2013 - Rannerdale Bluebells - 2013 -

An afternoon stroll up to Rannerdale to see the flowers.  The arrival of the famous bluebells has been delayed by the cold Spring weather.  Perhaps the recent change of season has allowed them to catch up ?


10th - 16th May 2013 - Swansea and West Wales

Ann and I take a break and visit our son in Swansea then drive down to Druidston on the Pembrokeshire coast to enjoy a few days by the sea.  Lets hope the weather is kind as our hotel there is perched at the edge of the sea !


1. Swansea Three Cliffs
2. Swansea Dockland
3. Mumbles and Druidston
4. St Davids and Sunset
5. St Justinians Walk
6. Druidston last morning

4th May 2013 - Haystacks with Jen and Co

Our daughter wanted a weekend back home in the Lakes with her friends. The forecast was reasonable if not brilliant and many of her friends were in the Lakes for the first time so a classic local walk would fit the bill nicely.


27th April 2013 - St Bees Coast ~ South

Another fine afternoon and another visit to St Bees to see what bird life was about today.  We had heard that there were puffins about so off we went. This time we parked at the farm and took the path south to Fleswick Bay.


20th April 2013 - Red Pike and Pillar

A longer walk to climb two major Lakeland fells in the Wasdale area. A second car saved a few miles road walking, which gave us time to savour this great walk on the high fells over a relaxed beer in the Wasdale Head.


19th April 2013 - St Bees Colourful Coast

The section of the coast path from St Bees to Whitheaven is renowned for the colour of the farm fields, the sea cliffs and the sea itself.  We walk part of it on a short but circular outing to the Lighthouse and back along the cliffs.


15th April 2013 - Rannerdale Knotts with Nick and Sue

We had an email from two Loweswatercam viewers who were in the Lakes this week, so we managed to arrange and afternoon together and chose Rannerdale Knotts as a great local walk to introduce them to our local fells.


10th April 2013 - Carrock Fell and High Pike with Brina

Ann has an invite to climb Carrock Fell from a friend she last met in Calvert Trust several years ago. Together they take advantage of the weather and include High Pike in a round trip over in the Caldbeck Fells.


8th April 2013 - Wasdale and Pottery -2-

The second of two lessons at Gosforth Pottery (a birthday present from my children) finds me dressing down to get dirty but Ann wrapping up to stay warm . . . meanwhile my chauffeur takes time out by the lake again.


6th April 2013 - Kentmere Pike and Shipman's Knott

Today's walk starts at perhaps the furthest away from home of any of our Lakeland walks. We met up with Jo at Rheged outside Penrith, and drove on down to Shap and then turned into Longsleddale to reach our start point.


4th April 2013 - Blake Fell with Jo and Alan

On Thursday Jo came over and with Alan Kilduff, we set off to climb the Loweswater Fells which Alan hadn't done for a while.  When he did them last it was cloudy and he didn't see much.  Hopefully today would be better.


2nd April 2013 - Frozen in Honister Time

A cooler day with fresher winds but the dogs need a walk as ever.  The snow is leaving the lower fells so I thought a trip back up to Honister may be interesting, but this time on the opposite side of the valley from Dale Head.


28th March 2013 - Dale Head in the Snow

Thursday's weather continued on as the day before but with even more sunshine and slightly less wind.   I took the dogs for a longer walk and chose Dale Head from Honister.  A great walk and a cup of tea to round it off.


27th March 2013 - Buttermere ~ Round the Snowy Lake

The snow has stopped and the sunshine makes a welcome appearance as Ann and I take a longer local walk, this time around Buttermere Lake.  The snow on the fells should make the head of the valley even more picturesque.


25th March 2013 - Keswick and Castle Head

Our friends John and Dee were in Keswick and invited us over for a shorter walk and lunch before they travelled back to Durham.  We had a stroll down to the lake and then up to Castle Head to enjoy an elevated view of Keswick.


24th March 2013 - Aira Force in Snow with Sue and Ed

Ed, Susan and Alex were in the Lakes for the day and so we joined them for a shorter walk at Aira Force followed by lunch at Patterdale where they had an afternoon appointment at the Wedding Fayre.


23rd March 2013 - March Snow in Holme Woods

The forecast comes true with even stronger easterly winds blowing the snow off the fields and into the roads.  It's icy cold but wrapped up warm I take the dogs out for a local walk and enjoy the scene.


21st / 22nd March 2013 - Ling Fell and March Snow

There's snow on the way for us but before it arrives we have a really sunny Spring equinoctial day. I'm in work but Ann's out but next day the journey to work was abandoned to the elements. Time for a few catch up jobs at home.


18th / 20th March 2013 - Anglers crag and Fangs Brow

The temperatures stay close or below freezing but when the sky clears, as it is doing most days in the western Lakes at present, the sun comes out and all is right with the world ... time for a walk.


16th / 17th March 2013 - Rannerdale and Low Fell

Two local walks back-to-back on two subsequent days.  A sudden change in the weather overnight meant that they were quite different in feeling, one almost spring-like the other was back to winter walking at its soggiest.


15th March 2013 - A Second Visit to Honister

Back to Honister for a second visit, a total contrast in the weather from earlier this week .There's a new route opened called 'Discover Honister'.  It aims to give a taste of the the many activities on offer at Honister Mine.


14th March 2013 - Eagle Crag ~ Sergeants Crag

The fine spell of weather seems to be over as the grey morning was forecasted to go "down-hill".  Bob and Glenis were in the area on a midweek break in Keswick so we met up for a bit of  "up-hill" just to defy the weather.


12th March 2013 - Honister's Via Ferrata Extreme

It's " Residents Week " where the mine says a big thank you to all the locals for their support during the year and invites them up to experience what else the mine has to offer. On Tuesday we had a go at the Via Ferrata Extreme.


11th March 2013 - Gosforth Pottery and Wasdale

We drove down to Gosforth on the west coast, myself for a pottery lesson (a present from our children) and Ann to walk the dogs while I pottered. A superb afternoon for looking at Britain's favourite view.


5th March 2013 - Rossett Pike in Winter Sunshine

With a determined effort to visit another of our less visited Wainwright peaks and having fine weather and longer days, we travel an hour down to the Langdales and walk an hour up Mickleden, before starting our climb.


4th March 2013 - Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft

My colleague Claire has just left Fishers to work full time with her husband Paul in their canoe company.  Keswick Photographic Society wanted to do a photo-shoot of them and volunteers were requested to paddle the boats.


2nd March 2013 - Back O'Wythop with Ian and Jo

The back O'Skiddaw would be an idea for this walk today, but then we thought about an area that we had often seen but not really visited that was not dissimilar. Gentle slopes, grassland, a nice round walk, lets go for it.


26th February 2013 - Robinson from Newlands Pass

The sunniest place in Britain today as we chose a larger local fell for our walk.   The summit of Robinson is just visible from our cottage and as we drive closer the fell looks even more inviting despite the cold climb to start.


25th February 2013 - Rannerdale Beck Falls

Often seen from afar, we decided that the time available for today's short walk would still allow us to get to somewhere different.  Sunshine was the order of the day so we chose a west facing slope to enjoy it to the full.


19th February 2013 - To Sweden with Two Pikes

Off to Ambleside to climb two peaks that we haven't been up for a very long time.  The sun is shining and the air is clear, it's a beautiful winter's day. Two people, two dogs, two summits and two bridges ... today !


18th February 2013 - Ennerdale Ramble

A great day weather wise so once we were free after lunch we venture round to Ennerdale for a stroll along the lakeside.  Add a few trees in the form of the Smithy Beck Trail and we have the makings of a great little walk.


12th February 2013 - Mellbreak with some Snow

A grey day with a light covering of snow on the fells.  It has been very cold however so a local walk turns a little icy as the dogs and I get out for an afternoon stretch.


11th February 2013 - Darling Fell in Valentine's Week

A local walk on a sunny afternoon ... I was not fit for a longer one due to severe man-flu.  Still I survived the morning and after lunch it was felt that a breath of fresh air would benefit man, woman and dogs alike.


9th February 2013 - Poor Weather keeps us low

Fine weather never lasts long around here and come the weekend the cloud rolled in.  We phoned Maggie and delayed our walk till after lunch to give the weather a little time to clear.  Low Ling Crags was now on the cards.


6th - 8th February 2013 - Binsey by Phone

Three walks this time, two of them done without the aid of a camera. These were shorter walks that we often do and wouldn't normally record for ourselves but as I've just updated my phone, I thought I would try out the camera that's built into the phone itself.


2nd February 2013 - The Loweswater Fells Round

A well forecasted day of fine weather, but that's nothing to go by. The forecast came true and we had a great walking day on the fells. Rod phoned and we joined him on an extended local walk that we hadn't done for a while.


27th January 2013 - Walla Crag with Jenna

Sunday dawned cold, grey an very blustery, not the weather for a high fell walk.  We opted for a little retail therapy at a well known local store and a walk up onto a smaller crag, local to Keswick.


26th January 2013 - Snockrigg & Warnscale Bottom

Our daughter was due Friday evening but was thwarted by heavy snow.  She had an unplanned stay overnight in Doncaster and tried again next day. After all the effort she made to get here it was definitely time to go out for a walk.


24 - 25th January 2013 - A short Scottish Break - Part 2

A Local walk today in order to appreciate the local surroundings. It is a region of rolling farms and woodland but one woodland holds a complete surprise.  The hotel walks guide helps us to find Crichope Linn.


22 - 23rd January 2013 - A short Scottish Break - Part 1

A post-Christmas three day break has been booked for a while and so we're off to Scotland to stay in a rather nice country hotel just north of Dumfries. The snowy weather might make it just that bit more interesting !


21st January 2013 - Local and Calvert

The major snow had finally arrived in the north western Lake District after everyone else in the country has had more than their fair share. Today we awoke to a couple of inches of the white stuff, changing the whole valley scenery "overnight" you could say.


13th January 2013 - Barrow Fell in the Snow

Snow was forecasted and snow duly arrived about the same time as Ian also arrived from Seascale. A quick morning phone call meant Maggie could drive in from Penrith in time to join Ian and ourselves on a walk to one of the lower, more accessible fells today.


12th January 2013 - A West Coast ~ St Bees Sunset

Time today for an afternoon walk and with the prospect of a good sunset we headed out west to the coast. We gained a passenger along the way and so three of us ventured down to the beach for a bit of a change change.


10th January 2013 - Catbells Inversion

The forecasts hinted at cloud in the valleys and clear above but our valley dawned clear from bottom to top.  If we were going to get some interesting cloud effects, Catbells may be a good place to see them.


8th January 2013 - Rannerdale Late On

Another dull weather day but the weather was set to improve and so the walk was delayed till after lunch. Eventually the sky began to clear and it was time to catch a quick walk locally before the light faded.


7th January 2013 - Woodland Walk out of the Wind

The new year began as the old ended ... with a gentle breeze and a drizzle of rain ... no change there then !  The ground is saturated so we take a woodland walk to avoid the mud but the rivers are not as high as expected.


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