Drawing 139: Patterdale village
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: The tree is still recognisable, to the left of the public toilets. The foreground is the car park for the White Lion, and there is also prominent security lighting which intrudes into the sketch but, when switched on, illuminates the tree very nicely! The sketch has daffodils in the foreground: I’m not sure whether these still exist, as the area is quite derelict, and used for fires etc.
This sketch appears on page 30 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and page 320 of Westmorland Heritage; and the view is also on page 44 of A Coast to Coast Walk.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 4th April 1977: one of eight drawings that Peter Messenger and I managed to squeeze in before a round of the Kentmere horseshoe (when we got two more!). It was a clear morning, but the weather deteriorated as the day progressed.
Next up was a winter shot on 11th January 1979, on our way to a walk from Hartsop. A perfect day, with blue sky, no wind, and lots of snow. We had already bagged drawing 351, and went on to get 256, 269, 29 and 123.
I had sized this scene up for the digital project on a previous, very dull, day, but first took the photo on 9th January 2014, on my way to a walk over the Mell Fells. The picture, too, was rather dull. I took it again on 10th December 2018, as it was right at the start of a walk Peter Watson and I were doing up Grisedale and back over St. Sunday Crag, and that is the third image below.