Drawing 2: Scafell Pike and Ill Crag from Throstle Garth

Direction of view:  NNW

Notes: This splendid view is on the path from Lingcove Bridge to Great Moss.  Best conditions are in mid – late morning, at any time of year.

This scene appears many times in Wainwright’s works: page Scafell Pike 2 in The Southern Fells, sketch 47 in Lakeland Mountain Drawings, as a photo in Fellwanderer, Memoirs of a Fellwanderer and Fellwalking with a Camera, and on pages 29 and 105 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  Where a drawing appears in both one of the Lakeland Sketchbooks and in Lakeland Mountain Drawings, the latter is usually a new drawing of essentially the same view, presumably done from the same photograph.  In this case, the Lakeland Mountain Drawings sketch has two walkers on the path; they are not in the Lakeland Sketchbook drawing.

Comments: I had walked up the Esk Gorge several times before I first took this photo, which was on 1st December 2012.  It was a glorious morning, with snow on the mountains.  Anne Setright and I were heading for Scafell, and it was Anne’s first attempt at photographing a sketch, so we spent quite a while perfecting our pictures.  Mine is below; Anne’s is on The Wainwright Society website at: https://www.wainwrightsketchbookproject.co.uk/sketchbook1/2.html

Afterwards we continued to Great Moss and took the sketch of Cam Spout (274). We scrambled up by the waterfalls, crossed the snowline, and made an ascent of the gully to Foxes Tarn, which was tricky in places.  A snow plod then took us to the top of Scafell and Drawing 92.

On top it was clear and cold, with excellent views, including to the Isle of Man.  After stopping for lunch, it was 2.30 by the time we left the summit, and the descent was extremely icy in places.  We visited Slight Side, then on down back to Eskdale.  Overtaken by darkness, we regained the valley at 5.20pm, with the help of our head torches.