Drawing 234: Rydal Water

Direction of view: ESE

Notes: The best attempt at this sketch can be got by climbing the steep slope above the minor road from Grasmere, just as it arrives at White Moss.  In 2012 the view could be seen from the road itself (just about!), but the background is wrong.

The only other appearance of this view in Wainwright’s published works is on page 365 of Westmorland Heritage: a reprint of the original sketch.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 6th April 1977, during the Easter holidays of my first year at University: see 209.  It was not a good image, and Peter Messenger’s picture taken in May in the late 1970s is a better illustration.

I took the picture again on slide film on 9th August 1981, prior to a walk with Peter Messenger.  We climbed to Butter Crag, where a flag flapped snappily in the wind, then went on to Heron Pike, descending over Stone Arthur.

I visited this sketch for the digital project on 23rd May 2012 (see drawing 47).  It took some time to locate the best viewpoint, but I made the acquaintance of many bluebells whilst searching.  The 2012 photo shows that you now have to climb higher, and further from the lake, to see this view.