Drawing 235: The Buttermere valley, from Mellbreak

Direction of view: SE

Notes: The view is from close to the south top of Mellbreak.  This view is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 378, and it is on page 148 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 141 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  The perspective on the right, of the slopes of Red Pike and High Stile falling steeply to the lake, is difficult, and Wainwright handled this very well in the sketch; less so in the mountain drawing.

Comments: I took this picture on 10th October 2016 (see 289 for an account of that day).

In The Western Fells, Wainwright writes of “a natural affinity between mountains and lakes; they have developed side by side in the making of the earth.  Often there is a special association between a particular mountain and a particular lake so that, in calling the one to mind, the other inevitably comes to mind also”.  He says that Mellbreak and Crummock Water are the second best example of this in Lakeland: “essential partners in a successful scenery enterprise, depending on each other for effectiveness”.