Drawing 252:Bassenthwaite Village and Skiddaw
Direction of view: ESE
Notes: To find the viewpoint, park in the single space at Grid Reference NY222325, and take the signposted path uphill and across to the right.
This scene also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (461), on page 189 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page 83 of Wainwright in Lakeland.
Comments: I first took image 1 on slide film in 1978, probably on 25th August, after an ascent of Brae Fell with Peter Messenger. Other sketches taken on this day were 30, 54, the two from Castlerigg Stone Circle (327 and 394), two of Bassenthwaite (this one and 40), and finally Caldbeck (342).
My first attempt on digital was on 18th July 2013, after an afternoon’s walk on the Uldale Fells to commemorate my father, who was born 100 years ago that day, and with whom I once climbed Longlands Fell. However, I failed to find the right viewpoint.
This problem was remedied on 23rd March 2019, when I visited Bassenthwaite with Anne Setright after an ascent of Hopegill Head and Whiteside. Together we managed to find the location, as described above (see image 2). Mist had been on Skiddaw all day, but it had just about lifted by the late afternoon, when we got there. Note the many new farm buildings on the right. Would AW still characterise the village as “tidy and unspoiled”?