Drawing 160: Langdale Pikes, from Chapel Stile

Direction of view: WNW

Notes:  This well-known viewpoint is on the road up Great Langdale.  This view also appears on page 21 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 218 of Westmorland Heritage. Again, the way that a less-than-clear photo has been transformed into a pen and ink drawing is remarkable.

Comments: My first picture was taken on slide film on 29th June 1977 after night in a tent on the summit of Helm Crag: see Drawing 45. Next up was another picture on slide film on 12th April 1978 on a day in Langdale with Peter Messenger: see Drawing 116. My third and final picture on slide film was taken in the autumn of 1991, probably on 3rd November; almost certainly this was again a day with Peter Messenger, looking for autumn tints.

My digital picture was taken on 19th December 2010, a day of crystal clarity, but also a very cold one.  Peter and Ruth Messenger and I were walking a section of the Westmorland Heritage Walk from Dungeon Ghyll to Skelwith Bridge.  This was before I had started photographing the drawings for my digital project, but the viewpoint is an obvious classic.  My picture was published as the photograph for December in the Wainwright Society calendar 2012.