Drawing 127: The Coniston Fells, from Beacon Fell
Direction of view: N
Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of Beacon Fell. There are fewer boggy pools now than as shown in the sketch. This view also appears in A Second Furness Sketchbook (27), and on page 101 of The Outlying Fells. The Furness sketch gives slightly less emphasis to the foreground, and is arguably the stronger image of the two.
Beacon Fell is, of course, one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells, and he says that it “ranks amongst the most delectable of the lesser heights of Lakeland. It is an epitome of all that appeals to fellwalkers”. He suggests reclining in comfort on the summit, and almost feeling sorry for youngsters toiling up Great Gable. No excuse, then, for not getting the details of this sketch correct in my photograph!
Comments: I climbed Beacon Fell to get this drawing on 15th August 2016. It was a warm, sunny day, the first for some time, and perhaps this accounted for the presence of large numbers of flying ants, which hovered around the summit cairn in such numbers that the beat of their wings was audible. I had the summit to myself. I continued to Beacon Tarn, where there were several people swimming, and then down to Water Yeat and on to bag drawing 398.