Drawing 14: High Stile from Buttermere

Direction of view: SSW

Notes: I have found it difficult to find a viewpoint where all the detail comes together for this picture.  The best option seems to be from above the Old Post Office in Buttermere.  Two paths head up the hillside; take the left one though a small gate and ascend until things seem right.  The path leads on eventually to Whiteless Pike.

This was a very popular picture with Wainwright: it appears as the frontispiece to the High Stile chapter in The Western Fells, in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (191), Wainwright in Lakeland (page 91), page 59 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer and page 138 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The Lakeland Mountain Drawings are generally bolder than their counterparts in the sketchbooks; lacking the exquisite detail, but bringing out the rugged character of the fells.

Comments: I took this picture on 31st July 2017, after a walk over Ard Crags and Knott Rigg with Andrew Amos. It was mid-afternoon, so the light is not perfect, but is at least quite dramatic.

The tiny church at Buttermere is dedicated to St. James and was built in 1840, with various additions since, including a small memorial to Alfred Wainwright.