Drawing 103: Ashness Wood

Direction of view: N (maybe!)

Notes: This picture does not appear in any of Wainwright’s other published works, and other than the trees themselves, the drawing contains very few clues to help find the location.  The trees in the sketch are clearly silver birch, which (according to the Forestry Commission website) can live to be over 80 years old; but the sketch was drawn in the late 1960s at the latest, at which time the trees were already mature. Add to that the possibility of other trees growing up, and finding this location is likely to be impossible.  Peter Messenger believes he found it around the late 1970s, and his recollection is that it was near to “Surprise View”, but even that is now over 40 years ago.  His photo is shown below. 

The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/15, and this looks exactly the same as the sketch. 

Comments: I first looked for this location on 29th August 2015, and of course faced the difficulties as above.  The best I could do was to take a picture of birch trees in Ashness Wood that looked fairly similar to those drawn by AW.  A good hour of searching failed to produce anything better