Drawing 10: Pike o’ Stickle and Loft Crag

Direction of view: N

Notes: The foreground drawn by AW no longer exists, and the best approximation is from the track from Dungeon Ghyll to Stool End, near to where it crosses Oxendale Beck.  Pollarded trees are no longer a feature of the landscape, and flood defence works have also taken place.

This picture does not appear in any other of Wainwright’s published works.

Comments: I took this photo on slide film on 12th April 1978, on a day in Langdale with Peter Messenger (image 1).  As usual, we got some sketches on camera before starting our walk, the route in question being a round of the five Langdale Pikes in tough conditions, with deep drifts of snow.  Some snow fell, as the day alternated between sun and cloud.  The same two trees drawn by Wainwright survived at this time.

I took image 2 on my digital camera on 10th September 2014, during an afternoon wander around Great Langdale (see Drawing 273 for an account).  The track was busy with walkers returning from the fells after a glorious September day.  The contrasting pictures show how floods have changed the valley floor: the scene drawn by Wainwright still existed in 1978, but it doesn’t now.