Drawing 220: Crag Fell, Ennerdale

Direction of view: WSW

Notes: This picture is taken from near the Bowness Knott car park. The wall coming down the fell opposite is important in finding the right viewpoint.

This view is the title page of the Crag Fell chapter in The Western Fells, and appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 199 and on page 125 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The mountain drawing includes some foliage in the foreground, and indeed trees have been planted here.

Comments: I first took this picture on 9th September 2015, at the start of a walk in to Black Sail Youth Hostel with Anne Setright.  Drawings 137 and 175 were taken on the same day.  It was a sunny day but rather hazy, and by the time we arrived at Bowness Knott car park it was lunchtime, and not the best lighting conditions.

A better picture was obtained on 27th February 2019, when I reached Bowness Knott about 10am on a sunny, if rather hazy morning.  I went on to get five new photographs of sketches – see 217 for a full account.

Wainwright describes Crag Fell as a “fine abrupt height” which is sometimes mistaken for Pillar.  As he says, it displays bold features to Ennerdale Water; and it carries the Coast to Coast Walk path across its lower slopes.  The reason it’s not better regarded can probably be found by checking the ridge routes: your choice is Grike, Lank Rigg or Caw Fell…