Drawing 247: The Links of Bowfell

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: The viewpoint is obviously somewhere between Shelter Crags and Three Tarns, but I have not located the exact foreground.  This scene also appears on page 66 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 71 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, where it appears with a photograph of a similar scene under snow.  A tiny version of this picture, without foreground, is on page Crinkle Crags 18 in The Southern Fells

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd May 1981; a marvellous day out with Peter Messenger, with cumulus clouds adding character to the sky.  See 227 for an account of that day.

I took the picture again on slide film on 25th January 1986, on a winter traverse walk from Wrynose to Seathwaite: again, see 227 for an account of that day.  The declining daylight is clearly evident when compared to the 1981 picture.

My digital picture was taken on a solitary walk on 8th January 2018 (see 369 for an account of that day). The Crinkle Crags ridge was icy, and required care in a cold and gusty wind.

“Links” is a curious word in this context, and it doesn’t appear on Ordnance Survey maps until after 1920.  It’s certainly not a golf course!  Diana Whaley, in A Dictionary of Lake District Place Names believes it derives from the Old English word for ridge or bank.  The rock climbing guide dismisses it: “the rock is poor, uninteresting, and liberally provided with scree”.