Drawing 221: Grisedale Tarn
Direction of view: NE
Notes: The viewpoint is near Grisedale Pass. This will be best for lighting in the afternoon between March and October. In winter, the sun falls behind Seat Sandal quite early afternoon. Surprisingly, this view does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.
Comments: I took this picture on 28th December 2017, on a walk primarily aimed at getting drawing 375 of Grisedale Pass. Although the snow is dramatic, there will always be shadows somewhere on this scene in winter. I continued my walk over Seat Sandal, and down to Dunmail Raise: my last walk of 2017.
Peter Messenger’s picture is from the late 1970s.
The tarn is 100 feet deep, and is home to brown trout, and perch. Reputedly, the crown of the Celtic King Dunmail was thrown into the tarn after he was killed in battle in 945AD. More certainly, the outflow is the place where William Wordsworth and his brother John said their last farewell: John was a sea captain, and died when his ship the Earl of Abergavenny was wrecked in Weymouth Bay in 1805.