Drawing 179: High Crag, from Haystacks

Direction of view: SW

Notes: AW’s view indicator is a little way from the summit of Haystacks, but it is the summit tarn which is shown in the foreground.  It isn’t easy to get the various rocky features to look right, however.

This view appears on the title page of the High Crag chapter in The Western Fells, and is also in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (285 – note the much more dramatic sky), Fellwalking with a Camera (page 137), Wainwright in Lakeland (page 86), Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (page 191 – the sketch and the photograph appear together for comparison) – and it is the 29th photo in Fellwanderer.

Comments: I first took this photo on 22nd July 2014 on a walk with Peter Watson – see drawing 395 for an account of that day.

The OS 1:25000 map gives the name of the fell as Hay Stacks; and AW explains that this reflects the view of “learned authorities” that the name derives from Old Norse, and means “High Rocks”.  AW himself rather took the view that the name “originated from the resemblance of the scattered tors on the summit to stacks of hay in a field”.  This view has received recent support from Diana Whaley in her Dictionary of Lake District Place Names.