Drawing 125: Warnscale
Direction of view: NE
Notes: From close to the path on the south side of the stream. This is the lower of two similar waterfalls.
This picture does not occur in any of Wainwright’s other published works.
Comments: I took this picture on slide film on 13th September 1981 – a late afternoon walk on a day of fine clouds and perfect visibility; but deep shadow in the foreground spoiled the picture. Drawings photographed more successfully on the day were 157 and 395.
I took the picture for the digital project on 17th July 2017. See 201 for an account of that day. I don’t visit Warnscale often, and thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic scenery, whilst all other walkers were on the opposite side of the beck.
Warnscale is now well known amongst walkers because of the conversion of a derelict building into a bothy, maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. There are very few of these in England; they are chiefly a Scottish phenomenon. It has been suggested that the name Warnscale refers to a place safe from cattle raiders.