Drawing 171: Pikes Crag and Hollow Stones
Direction of view: E
Notes: The precise foreground is difficult to identify. Lighting is best in late afternoon in summer.
This view also appears on page 87 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and it is the first photograph in Fellwanderer, as well as being on page 111 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (together with the photograph, for comparison),and page Scafell Pike 11 in The Southern Fells.
Comments: I first looked for this sketch on 19th June 2013 on a walk with Anne Setright (see drawing 13). Conditions were perfect, with excellent visibility and deep blue skies. On a sunny summer day, Pikes Crag is a delight to climb on; the grim fortress of Scafell Crag, which faces it across Hollow Stones, is altogether a different proposition!.
Coleridge described Hollow Stones as “the frightfullest Cove, with huge Precipice Walls”, but Wainwright recommends it as a good place for a prearranged night out amongst the mountains: “Watch the rising sun flush Scafell Crag, and change a black silhouette into a rosy pink castle!”