Drawing 101: Derwentwater

Direction of view: SE

Notes: The viewpoint is the minor road on the west side of Derwentwater.  AW comments that the occasion shown in his sketch is “the wonderful winter of 1963-4, when for months Lakeland was gripped by an unbroken frost under cloudless skies”.

A similar scene with the lake frozen appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 240, though that is a view of Bleaberry Fell.  A reproduction of this sketch appears on page 145 of Wainwright in Lakeland.

Comments: I took this picture on slide film on three different occasions.  The first time was in late August / early September 1978, though I have no note of the precise date or circumstances.

My next visit was on 22nd March 1981, a Sunday afternoon excursion from Carlisle with Peter Messenger.  After snapping this scene we went on to climb Catbells (see 136), Maiden Moor and High Spy, regaining the car in near-darkness at 7.30pm.

Finally, I took the view again on 16th February 1992 prior to a felltop traverse from Honister to Hawse End with Andrew Amos and Peter Messenger.  It was a cold and bright day, with a sprinkling of new snow on the fells, and in the course of the walk we bagged three other sketches: 268, 159 and 304.

I visited the location for my digital project on 25th March 2017, with Anne Setright.  It was Anne’s birthday weekend, and we caught the launch from Keswick, then walked to Lodore Falls (155), the head of Derwentwater (223) and to this location, then caught the boat back to Keswick.  My camera had unexpectedly gone completely dead, and all photos this weekend were taken on Anne’s Olympus compact.