Drawing 146: Thornthwaite Crag and Froswick
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: The foreground rocks are very close to the summit cairn on Ill Bell, and easily identifiable.
This scene also appears on page 32 of Ex-Fellwanderer (reduced in size, and cut down, but possibly from the same original sketch), page 27 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, page 181 of Westmorland Heritage, page 92 of Wainwright in Lakeland, on page Ill Bell 9 in The Far Eastern Fells, and it is drawing 37 in Three Westmorland Rivers. The latter is interesting: a quite different drawing, including Hall Cove on the right.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 4th April 1977. Peter Messenger and I managed to squeeze in eight sketches before a round of the Kentmere horseshoe (when we got two more – this and 293). It was a clear morning, but the weather deteriorated as the day progressed, and there was some sleet and rain before we finished the walk, which was after 7pm.
The photograph for the digital project was taken on 15th July 2012, on a walk with Peter and Ruth Messenger along the Ill Bell ridge and down via Nan Bield Pass. It was a summer of exceptionally poor weather, and felt cold in the wind; though in the circumstances we were just glad that it wasn’t raining! In fact, patches of sunlight and shadow drifted over the scene, giving me a choice of shots to choose from: the successful candidate is shown below.