Drawing 102: Kirkstile, Loweswater

Direction of view: SE

Notes: The viewpoint is immediately adjacent to Loweswater village hall.  The buildings in view are the church (left) and the Kirkstile Inn (right).  Sun would be on this face of those buildings only in early evening in summer.  In any case, however, the buildings are barely visible now, the hedge having grown up to obstruct them.

A cut-down version of this view appears on page 9 of Fellwanderer, and on page 56 of Wainwright in Lakeland. On page 67 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer is the full view without the overhanging foliage.

Comments: On 27th October 2012, Sheelagh Hughes Hallett & I had lunch in the Kirkstile Inn, then set out on a walk, aimed at getting some sketches, and enjoying the glorious sunshine and autumn colours.  We went straight to the scene of this sketch, then to the site of the former Old Smithy (Drawing 9).  We walked down to the lake, where the views were glorious, then up into Flass Wood, and back looking for the sketch of Mellbreak (91).  The picture shown here was the best of the three, though a wooden fenced structure in the foreground field did nothing to enhance it.

Peter Messenger’s photo from the late 1970s shows that the buildings were still clearly visible then.