Drawing 128: Great Gable from Lingmell
Direction of view: N
Notes: The foreground is problematic, and I have not found it, despite a lot of searching. In autumn and winter, a further problem is that Lingmell’s own shadow is cast onto Great Gable.
This sketch also appears on page 66 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and the view is on page 107 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page Lingmell 10 in The Southern Fells, and is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 182. The photograph shows that Wainwright’s viewpoint does actually exist, and indeed he has drawn it very carefully!
Comments: My first visit to Lingmell to get this sketch was on 13th January 1991, with Peter Messenger; a classic winter expedition with the fells covered in snow and perfect visibility, but a bitterly chilling wind.
I first attempted this sketch on digital on 5th November 2012 – see Drawing 360 for full account. I explored along the edge of the crags, wading through deep snow, but failed to find an exact match for AW’s foreground. It is a dramatic scene, but a difficult photograph, owing to the bright highlights and deep shade.
A third (and final!) visit was made on 18th October 2018, following a wild camp in Little Narrowcove (see 122). This time I spent almost an hour in a comprehensive search of every possible viewpoint, but the one found in 1991 and 2012 really does appear to be the best match. Anyway the photograph makes a good contrast with the earlier ones.