Drawing 145: Glenridding Beck

Direction of view: SSW

Notes: From the buildings at Greenside, follow the track to Red Tarn. This crosses the beck, which then enters a small gorge 400 yards further on.  The viewpoint is at the top end of this gorge.  A tree has grown up, making AW’s exact shot impossible. The only other appearance of this scene in Wainwright’s published works is on page 334 of Westmorland Heritage.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 17th February 1991 (image 1).  A perfect winter morning was spent taking pictures around Ullswater (including drawings 351 and 163), then I left Glenridding just before midday, taking this photograph on the walk in to a traverse of Catstycam, the Helvellyn Edges and Birkhouse Moor. The day clouded over, but remained very enjoyable with ice axe and crampons coping well with lots of hard old snow.

My next visit to this location was not until 2nd August 2015, on a walk with Anne Setright (see image 2). Anne was very keen to do Striding Edge, so we parked at Glenridding, and followed the track up to Greenside, where we set about locating the viewpoint (perhaps further from the buildings than Wainwright’s diagram suggests).  It’s a lovely spot, more vegetated now than it appeared in 1991. We went on to traverse Striding and Swirral Edges, returning over Catstycam and Birkhouse Moor.  It was a cloudy day, but mainly dry, and the clouds gradually lifted above the tops.