Drawing 227: Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

Direction of view: NW

Notes: From the path on the east side of Red Tarn. This view is also seen as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 249, on page 62 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 223 of Westmorland Heritage; it is the sixteenth photo in Ex-Fellwanderer, and on page 87 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (where the photo and sketch appear together).  The mountain drawing is of exactly the same view as the original sketch, and although cruder, has an impressive atmosphere.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd May 1981; a marvellous day of sun, with cumulus clouds adding character to the sky.  Peter Messenger and I set out from Wrynose Pass for Crinkle Crags, passing drifts of snow over 3 feet deep in places.  After traversing Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, we descended to Ore Gap and down by Lingcove Beck and Mosedale to the Wrynose Pass road.  In all, we captured eleven sketches, those from the Lakeland Sketchbooks being 227, 369, 153, 329, 95, 314, 247 and 392.

My second picture, also on slide film, was on 25th January 1986, another magnificent mountain day, when Peter Messenger, his friend Coral, and I did a winter traverse from Wrynose Pass to Seathwaite.  Family groups were sledging around the top of the pass, and Red Tarn was ice-bound.  As we crossed Shelter Crags the sun was westering and Bowfell glowing in the evening light; a full moon rose over Helvellyn, and gradually grew in brilliance, lighting our way as we continued over Esk Pike, and descended by Esk Hause, Sprinkling Tarn, and Sty Head.

My picture for the digital project was not taken until 30th August 2017, on a walk aimed at bagging this drawing and 281 (see the latter for an account of the day).  It was a day of clouds and sunny intervals, so I planned to have my lunch waiting for good conditions.  This proved unnecessary, as the conditions were excellent when I arrived at the viewpoint.  After a strange year meteorologically, the landscape already had a look of autumn about it.