Drawing 241: The Patterdale Valley

Direction of view: W

Notes: Needs to be taken in the morning.  Follow the Boredale Hause path; the viewpoint is just past the copse of larches (note the branches at bottom right in the sketch).  This view appears on page 131 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 325 of Westmorland Heritage, and page 31 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, where there is also a photograph of a similar view.

Comments: I took this photo on 24th January 2015 (see 163 for a note).  With snow on the fells and light across the picture instead of into it, it was difficult to get the right exposure across the picture.  The buildings shown in the sketch are still recognisable.

The name Patterdale, of course, means Patrick’s Valley, and references to it date back to the 12th century.  The church in Patterdale (see sketch 62) is dedicated to St. Patrick, as is Bampton Church, and he is thought to have travelled in the region in the early 5th century during one of his evangelical missions.