Drawing 158: Thirlmere, at Wythburn

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: Wainwright’s viewpoint was the A 591, just where Thirlmere first came into sight when heading north.  Over the years, trees have grown up in the foreground. In 2015 the lake was still visible, but now (2021) it is totally obscured.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this view appears is on page 143 of Wainwright in Lakeland: another print of the same drawing.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 6th April 1977 during the Easter holidays of my first year at University. See Drawing 107.

My second picture, also on slide film, was taken on 20th December 1992 – a near perfect winter’s day, cold and clear, with snow on the fells.  The only other drawing taken that day was 209, the summit of Sergeant Man.  Peter Messenger and I went on over High Raise and Ullscarf, and had to use torches on the descent to Pete’s car at Steel End.

I took the picture with my digital camera on 22nd April 2015, a beautiful Spring morning.  Peter Watson and I were heading north along the A591, bound for a walk up Helvellyn via Fisher Gill (see 346), and a quick stop was enough to secure a good shot.  The three pictures clearly show the increasing growth of young trees over the years, and now they have obscured the view.  Wainwright comments that this is one of the few unplanted areas around the shore of Thirlmere, permitting a view down the lake.  The converse is now true; this view has been obscured, whilst others have opened up due to judicious felling, particularly on the east banks.