Drawing 166: Newlands, from Robinson

Direction of view: NE

Notes: The viewpoint is on the shoulder which descends to High Snab.  The little bumps on the ridge in the foreground identify the location precisely.

This view also appears on page 176 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 125 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 141 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (where it appears together with the photograph, for comparison) and is the twenty seventh photo in Fellwanderer.  All of these images include a walker in exactly the same place.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film, on 8th March 1992.  After a sunny morning spent looking for sketches and deciding what walk to do we proceeded to Newlands Church for a walk up Hindscarth and down from Robinson.  We were lucky to get attractive lighting on the descent.  Other drawings taken this day were 301, 399 and 390.

The photo for the digital project was taken on 11th June 2015 (see drawings 108 for an account of that day).  Conditions were good, and I used my Lee graduated 0.6 filter to compensate for the brightness of the sky.

The ascent of Robinson by High Snab Bank was one of the first fellwalks I did (tenth out of well over 2000 now).  The date was 28th June 1973, and I was aged 15; my companions were Andrew Amos and Peter Messenger – school friends then, lifelong friends now.  It was a great day (I got sunburned) doing the Newlands horseshoe.  I have always remembered how exhausted I felt slogging up the shoulder of Robinson; and many time on later walks when I feared I was getting old, I have reminded myself that fellwalking had the same effect when I was 15!