Drawing 22: Scafell Pike from Lingmell
Direction of view: SE
Notes: Lingmell’s cairn is not now the fine column shown by AW, though it varies from time to time, as shown below. Late afternoon would be best for the lighting.
This picture does not appear in any other of Wainwright’s published works.
Comments: My first visit to Lingmell to get this sketch was on 13th January 1991, with Peter Messenger; a classic winter expedition with the fells covered in snow and perfect visibility, but a bitterly chilling wind. We also got sketches 128 and 360 this day. It was my third ascent of Lingmell. On 5th November 2012 I made my fifth ascent of Lingmell, and my first attempt at this sketch with a digital camera. (See Drawing 360 for full account of this day). I had my lunch by the summit cairn, and waded through deep snow looking for the other views from Lingmell. It was a glorious day, but this view is bland, and would need exceptional lighting for a dramatic shot.
There are at least three Lingmells in the Lake District: one in Ennerdale, one in Kentmere and this Wasdale one. According to Diana Whaley, in her Dictionary of Lake District Place Names, the word probably means “the heathery hill”; though she concedes that “the Wasdale one cannot be described as heathery”. Ah well; with a covering of snow, you can’t tell…