Drawing 231: Low Fell, from Lanthwaite Hill

Direction of view: NW

Notes: The viewpoint is close to the summit of Lanthwaite Hill.

This view forms the title page of the Low Fell chapter in The Western Fells; it also appears on page 157 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 76 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (300).  The original sketch (and the reprint of it in Wainwright in Lakeland) are the only ones to show the scene under snow.  In the photograph, the trees are bare; in the mountain drawing they are in leaf.  Interesting variations on a theme.

Comments: I visited this location on 18th December 2016, having driven over from home for a couple of days walking.  I traversed Lanthwaite Hill, which is a pleasant walk in itself, then continued to Loweswater and climbed Blake Fell and Burnbank Fell.  Not much has changed in this sketch other than the trees having grown up; particularly noticeable with the conifers on the left.

Lanthwaite Hill is named Brackenthwaite Hows on the 1:25000 Ordnance Survey map.  It is designated open access land, and much of it is owned by the National Trust.  AW described it as “an insignificant mound”, but urged people to climb it anyway.

It was announced in August 2021 that a community interest company called Buy Land Plant Trees had bought a 158 acre plot on Low Fell, in order to plant trees, re-establish moorland, and restore peat bog, with both climate change and biodiversity in mind.  The trees are willow, birch, alder, blackthorn, rowan and others, and will slowly change the appearance of the area as they mature.