Drawing 184: Goat Crag, Borrowdale

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: This is best seen when standing on top of a sprawling cairn at the foot of the slate path to the top of Castle Crag.  The trees have grown, but are still very recognisable.

This view is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 472, and appears on page High Spy 12 in The North Western Fells.  The mountain drawing – which is rather crude – includes three trees rather than two.

Comments: I first took this on slide film on 12th September 1981.  I was with Peter Messenger, and my diary records “A very quick up and down from Rosthwaite; the whole walk took less than an hour.  The object was securing some photographs on and around the summit, and this was achieved just before cloud swept across the sun”.  The other pictures taken that day were 259 and 300.

In the Spring of 2015, I had a couple of days walking in Borrowdale, staying overnight rather than doing day trips there and back.  The weather at Easter was dank and misty in Sandside, but good in Lakeland, so on Easter Tuesday 7th April I set off, having booked a B&B at Seatoller Farm.  The objectives were ascents of Eagle, Sergeant’s and Castle Crags, and no less than 16 sketches; all of the fells and 14 of the sketches were bagged in lovely Spring sunshine.  This photo was taken on the morning of 8th April, in pretty much ideal conditions