Drawing 150: Fleetwith Pike
Direction of view: SE
Notes: From the road bridge. The foreground area has for many years been a very popular car park. Wainwright mentions the white cross which commemorates the death of Fanny Mercer in 1887; its location is visible in his sketch, but trees now obscure it from this viewpoint.
This scene forms the title page to the Fleetwith Pike chapter in The Western Fells; it also appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 385, and is on page 109 of Wainwright in Lakeland. In all of these, the white cross location is visible.
The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/1/26. The photograph shows the mist on the summit, just as in the sketch; but the three people and one dog shown in the sketch are not in the photograph.
Comments: I took this picture on 17th July 2017 – see 201 for an account of that day. Having descended Warnscale and taken the two pictures at Gatesgarth, I was faced with a long hike back up Honister pass back to the car – a prospect perhaps faced also by the two rather weary looking walkers on the right hand side of the sketch. Fortunately, I was able to buy a very tasty ice cream cone, to speed me on my way.