Drawing 124: Red Pike, Buttermere
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: This scene differs from an apparently similar sketch in the guidebook (page High Stile 15), having, in fact, a completely different viewpoint. The correct viewpoint for the sketch is just after the ridge path from Red Pike starts to ascend leftwards towards High Stile.
This view also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (79), and on page High Stile 15 in The Western Fells. Although the viewpoint for the sketch and the mountain drawing are the same, the latter is shown under snow, and with three distant walkers on the ridge.
Comments: My first picture was taken on 31st August 1981, during a round of the full Ennerdale horseshoe with Peter Messenger. We set out from Ennerdale Water at 8.15 on a glorious morning, and hot sunshine accompanied us to Red Pike, but cloud spread in as we reached High Stile at about 1pm. We therefore took only three drawings: 141, 246 and this one. There were no more photographic distractions once it was overcast; we were leaving Great Gable at 4.25pm, reached Pillar at 6.30, and got back to the car at 10.40pm.
My picture for the digital project was taken on 10th September 2015, on a walk from Black Sail over the High Stile ridge, Starling Dodd and Great Borne and down to Bowness Knott, with Anne Setright. We had chosen the date of our walk to co-incide with the 50th anniversary of Wainwright completing his fieldwork for the Pictorial Guides. Many others had the same idea, and there were celebrations on Starling Dodd to mark that anniversary, and also a completion of the 214 fells by one walker. We were given cake and prosecco! We also photographed drawings 141 and 224 on this day.