Drawing 246: Crummock Water from High Stile
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: The viewpoint is High Stile summit, adjacent to the two summit cairns shown in The Western Fells (page High Stile 10). It is shown in diagrammatic form on page High Stile 14, and is identical to the sketch shown on that page. There is no cairn now (2017) in the place where it is shown in the sketch, and indeed the cairn shown by Wainwright wasn’t there in 1981. This sketch also appears on page 140 of Wainwright in Lakeland.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 31st August 1981, during a round of the full Ennerdale horseshoe with Peter Messenger. We set out from Ennerdale Water at 8.15 on a glorious morning, and hot sunshine accompanied us to Red Pike, but cloud spread in as we reached High Stile at about 1pm. We therefore took only three sketches: 141, 124 and this one. There were no more photographic distractions once it was overcast; we were leaving Great Gable at 4.25pm, reached Pillar at 6.30, and got back to the car at 10.40pm.
I took the photo with my digital camera on 6th October 2017 (see Drawing 119 for an account of that day). A lovely sunny morning had hazed out with high cloud. Later in the day I descended the path down from Red Pike, which features prominently in both photographs, and which was very badly eroded.
Prominent in the sketch is Bleaberry Tarn: one of Lakeland’s three Sour Milk Gills descends from it to Buttermere. Note how the path up from the tarn is slightly less prominent in 2017 than it was in 1981.