Drawing 243: Langstrath

Direction of view: SSW

Notes: The viewpoint is at grid reference NY277135 approx., from the west side of the wall, and above the steep slope down to the Stonethwaite Valley.  The viewpoint for 318 is close by.

This view appears on page 55 of Ex-Fellwanderer, page 59 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and page 129 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  All these are reprints of the same original sketch.  The handling of the rushy grasses in the left foreground is very well done.

Comments: I took this picture on 22nd September 2015.  I had planned a wild camp on the fells above Greenup Gill, the idea being to search out the locations for this sketch and 318 on the way.  I thought the viewpoint would be on Wainwright’s ascent route of Ullscarf, but in fact it isn’t, and the correct location is quite arduous to reach – certainly the way I did, by an ascending traverse of a steep slope, through high bracken and across stream gullies!

The wild camp was a delight, with beautiful evening light across the fells just before sunset.  I camped close enough to the sketch location to return in the morning if conditions were better, but it was overcast.