Drawing 213: Scafell Crag and Mickledore

Direction of view: SW

Notes: The viewpoint is on the path from Scafell Pike to Mickledore. Lighting will be best in the early evening in summer.

This view also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (253), on page 68 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 83 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 99 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (where the photograph and sketch appear together), and it is the third photo in Ex-Fellwanderer.  The mountain drawing is a different drawing of the same scene, omitting Illgill Head from the background (it does appear in the photographs).

Comments: I took this photograph on 19th June 2013 (see drawing 13 for an account of this day).  Through binoculars, Anne Setright and I watched climbers descending Broad Stand.  This descent was first essayed by Samuel Taylor Coleridge on 5th August 1802 – one of Lakeland’s best-known stories.  Mickledore even has its own Wikipedia page, quoting Coleridge’s account.  The ridge is one of Wainwright’s “six best places for a fellwalker to be (other than summits)”.