Drawing 109: Summit cairn, Red Pike, Wasdale

Direction of view: E

Notes:  The title of this sketch is misleading.  As Wainwright’s notes make clear, this cairn stands at 2629’ – the summit of the fell is at 2707’.

This view appears on page 121 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  Curiously, in that book Wainwright refers to this fell as “Red Pike Mosedale”.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 24th February 1981, on a walk with Peter Messenger and Andrew Amos.  From Overbeck Bridge we traversed Yewbarrow, finding the descent of Stirrup Crag covered in soft snow and awkward; then on to Red Pike (this sketch and 355).  Beyond, the route to Scoat Fell and Steeple was covered in hard snow and ice.  The sun shone all day long.  We descended via Scoat Tarn and Nether Beck, and watched Joss Naylor getting a sheep out of the beck.  From my diary: “One of the best things about the day was the descent by Nether Beck in gathering twilight; the quiet fells in the dusk of a lovely day”.

For the above, and for digital project, I had been fooled by AW’s title for this sketch, and it was only on 15th July 2019 that I got a picture from the correct location.  I reached this location via drawings 110 and 164; see 110 for more details of the day. The sky looked threatening, but in fact the weather improved as the afternoon wore on.  The foreground rock on the right clearly matches that in Wainwright’s drawing.