Drawing 117: Scarth Gap
Direction of view: ESE
Notes: The viewpoint is to the left of the path, at the foot of the descent of Gamlin End, before the path heads onto Seat.
In addition to being the title page to the Haystacks chapter in The Western Fells, this scene also features in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (384), on page 35 of Fellwanderer, page 134 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and on page 12 of Wainwright in Lakeland. In The Western Fells, AW has omitted Brandreth in the background, but he included it in this sketch.
Comments: My picture was taken on 11th May 2019, on a walk over the High Stile ridge with Peter Messenger (see 317 for an account of that day).
Peter’s photo is from the late 1970s. Notice the changes in the erosion scars left by the paths.
If “Lake Windermere” is the most famous tautology amongst Lake District place names, Scarth Gap is another good example. “Scarth” already means a gap or notch in the landscape, and “Gap” was only added when the meaning of the original (Old Norse) word had been forgotten.