Drawing 159: Dale Head
Direction of view: SW
Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of High Spy, just a few paces from the cairn. Wainwright’s foreground is still obvious today.
This view also appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 169, and on page High Spy 11 in The North Western Fells, page 178 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 93 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, page 94 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and it is the 20th photo in Ex-Fellwanderer. The two photographs are the same; the sketch is very similar, but has more expensive snow patches. Memoirs illustrates this, by showing them together. The mountain drawing has a different foreground.
Comments: Image 1 was taken on slide film on 16th February 1992: see drawing 101. A light dusting of snow on Dale Head gives a strange and eerie appearance to the scene.
I took this as a digital image on 31st May 2014 (see drawing 136 for an account of this day). It was about 4pm and looking southwest, so not a great picture – a return visit was needed. A visit on 5th November 2017 failed to secure better results. My next attempt was on 31st October 2018 on a walk with David Claxton. We reached the summit of High Spy just after noon, intending to do the Newlands horseshoe. I got a photograph of this drawing (image 2) just before mist and rain closed in, and we abandoned our intended walk at Rigg Head, and returned down to the valley, soaking wet before we reached the car.