Drawing 13: Pulpit Rock and Scafell Crag

Direction of view: S

Notes: This view is taken from close to the path from Wasdale to the summit of Scafell Pike. The best lighting conditions will be early evening in summer.

This scene appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (145) and on page 69 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/4/4. 

Comments: I first found this sketch location on 19th June 2013, on a walk with Anne Setright.  From Wasdale Head, we did Wainwright’s ascent of Lingmell via Piers Gill, a route new to both of us.  As we ascended, the weather improved, and soon we were enjoying blue skies and sunshine.  After lunch on the summit of Lingmell, we set out in search of this sketch, eventually tracking it down to close to the Wasdale path.  Our walk continued up Scafell Pike (my 18th ascent), and then down to Mickledore, taking in sketch 213 en route.  We visited “Fat Man’s Agony”, and descended into Hollow Stones for sketch 171 in perfect afternoon lighting. On the way back to our cottage in Eskdale we got sketch 33 of the Wastwater Screes – also with excellent lighting.

Pulpit Rock is part (according to Wainwright in The Southern Fells, the best part) of Pikes Crag, which has several attractive rock climbs with an open sunny aspect, quite different to Scafell Crag.  As can be seen in the top left corner, its summit is detached from the fellside, from where it can be gained by an exposed scramble.