Drawing 161: Scafell Pike and Scafell from Great Gable

Direction of view: S

Notes: From Westmorland Cairn.  Best lighting will be late afternoon in summer.

This sketch appears on page 98 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and nowhere else in his published works.

Comments: I first took this photo on slide film on 26th May 1992, on a walk with Peter Messenger.  My diary describes it as “a classic summer mountain day: shorts and T shirts for rocky scrambling to the tops, grand views of fells and lakes, fresh green colours and uninterrupted sunshine”.  We did the walk described in the book Classic Walks, and got no less than 11 drawings.

On 17th June 2013, Anne Setright and I ascended Great Gable (see drawing 347 for an account of this day).  Unfortunately, conditions were dull and hazy, though the cloud base was above the fell tops.  Westmorland Cairn is venerable and mossy, and appears to have been undisturbed for a long time.  It was about 5pm, and there was no-one else around.

Westmorland Cairn was built in 1876 by the Westmorland brothers (Thomas and Edward), to mark what they considered to be the finest mountain view in the Lake District.