Drawing 143: Borrowdale
Direction of view: SW
Notes: The viewpoint is on the Rosthwaite – Watendlath path, just above the junction of tracks at NY264155. Little has changed.
This view also appears as photo 23 in Ex-Fellwanderer, on page 104 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (where the photo and the sketch appear together), page 126 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page Grange Fell 8 in The Central Fells, and as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 133. The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/1/2.
Comments: In the Spring of 2015, I conceived the idea of a couple of days walking in Borrowdale, staying overnight rather than doing day trips there and back. The weather at Easter was dank and misty in Sandside, but I heard that it was good in Lakeland, so on Easter Tuesday 7th April I set off, having booked a B&B at Seatoller Farm. The objectives were ascents of Eagle, Sergeant’s and Castle Crags, and no less than 16 drawings. The low cloud persisted as far as Grasmere; over Dunmail Raise was lovely Spring sunshine, and all of the fells and 14 of the drawings were visited. This was the last, in the afternoon of 8th April, by which time it was hazy, and this view was pretty much straight into the sun, so I added it to the list of locations to revisit.
That visit took place on 29th June 2018, another day devoted to getting sketches in Borrowdale. During a hot, sunny day, which was nevertheless clear and lacking in haze, I got nine pictures: 190, this one, 248, 38, 180, 238, 55, 311 and 302 (the latter on the way home). I bagged the first two from the car park in Rosthwaite, the next four from Keswick, then Watendlath and finally Legburthwaite.