Drawing 153: Crinkle Crags
Direction of view: NW
Notes: The viewpoint is shown on page Crinkle Crags 11. The foreground rocks are identifiable, but smaller than might be imagined. This view of Crinkle Crags is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 135, and appears on page 211 of Westmorland Heritage, page Crinkle Crags 12 in The Southern Fells, page 63 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 64 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer. Sketch 153 is very accurate to the photograph, but the mountain drawing has different rocks in the foreground.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd May 1981: see Drawing 95 for an account of that day.
My second picture, also on slide film, was on one of the finest days out I have had in Lakeland: a winter traverse from Wrynose to Seathwaite on 25th January 1986 with Peter Messenger and his friend Coral. Setting up two cars took a while, and it was midday when we set off from the Wrynose road (the pass itself being blocked). It was a day of brilliant winter sun, with snow down to 1000’ and we climbed Cold Pike first, then the Crinkles. Just three sketches were bagged on the day – this one, 227 of Red Tarn and 247 of the view to Bowfell. By the time we reached Bowfell the sun had set, but a huge moon rose as we continued to Esk Pike, Esk Hause, Sprinkling Tarn, Sty Head and Seathwaite at 8.40pm.
I visited this location for the digital project on 28th November 2016, on a walk with Peter Watson. As with the 1986 picture, I reached the area late in the day, and the light had moved round off this face. The picture is not shown here.
My final visit was on 29th October 2018 – my 61st birthday. It was a fine day with excellent visibility, and I parked at Dungeon Ghyll at 9.45 and set out to get five pictures I needed on and around Crinkle Crags. This was the first, and it took me 100 minutes to reach the viewpoint from the car. Having secured this picture, I then went on to traverse the ridge, bagging 329 and 314 en route. It was cold, and the rocks were iced where out of the sun, making progress very slow in places. I then went on to Three Tarns and the Climbers’ Traverse on Bowfell, where I photographed sketch 177. Finally, I located the viewpoint for 181, on the way down. An excellent day out, appreciated by many walkers out on the fells.