Drawing 264: Taylorgill Force

Direction of view: S

Notes: From Seathwaite, go under the arch of the farm buildings, cross the footbridge over the beck and turn immediately left, following a wet path which swings into the gorge.

The only other appearance of this view in Wainwright’s published works is on page Base Brown 2 in The Western Fells.

Comments: I first took this photo on slide film on 26th May 1992, on a walk up Great Gable with Peter Messenger.  My diary describes it as “a classic summer mountain day: shorts and T shirts for rocky scrambling to the tops, grand views of fells and lakes, fresh green colours and uninterrupted sunshine”.  We did the walk described in the book “Classic Walks”, and got no less than 11 sketches.

I took the picture for the digital project on 29th October 2017 – see 340 for an account of that day.  This was the first picture for the project taken on a new camera – a Sony A7.  I was just getting used to using it, but it coped well with the light conditions.

There was a lot more water in the beck than in the 1992 picture – 2017 was a very wet year!

In A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook, Wainwright notes that Taylorgill Force was “off the beaten track to Sty Head until two decades ago [ie the early 1950s], but now very much on it as a new path has been forged along the rocky foot of Base Brown”.   Yet on page Scafell Pike 15 in The Southern Fells (dating from 1959) he says that this “splendid variation route… has been used by discerning walkers for many decades”.  The latter seems more likely.