Drawing 130: The head of Piers Gill
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: The viewpoint is where the Corridor Route path crosses the top of Piers Gill. Optimum lighting conditions would require very precise timing – perhaps around 11am on a summer’s day?
This view is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 148, and is on page 85 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page Lingmell 9 in The Southern Fells. The sketch and the mountain drawing both show Kirk Fell in the background; the photograph and guidebook illustration do not; in the case of the photograph this appears to be due to haze and possibly also lighting conditions.
Comments: Image 1 was taken on 13th January 1991, on a walk with Peter Messenger – see drawing 128.
Having traversed the Corridor Route many times, I first took this sketch for my digital project on 5th November 2012 (see drawing 360 for a full account of this day). I found myself standing on banked-up snow at the head of the gill; the scene looked very different to the blackness of AW’s drawing, but similar to what I saw in 1991.
Image 2 was taken on my next visit on 19th June 2013 with Anne Setright (see drawing 13 for an account of that day), at around noon. The lighting was much better, but perhaps might be better still around 11am, as mentioned above.