Drawing 28: Steeple from Scoat Fell
Direction of view: N
Notes: The viewpoint is a rocky headland, just to the east of where the ridge to Steeple leaves the summit of Scoat Fell. The fell in the left background is Starling Dodd; the hills in the distant right background are not very clear, but are part of the Loweswater fells. The sharply pointed rock in the right foreground is identifiable; others less so.
This view also appears on page Steeple 3 of The Western Fells; and in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (499), Fellwalking with a Camera (page 124) and Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (page 70) – the latter a reduced-size version of the sketch.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 24th February 1981, on a walk with Peter Messenger and Andrew Amos. From Overbeck Bridge we traversed Yewbarrow, finding the descent of Stirrup Crag awkward, as it was covered in soft snow; then on to Red Pike (sketches 109 and 355). Beyond, the route to Scoat Fell and Steeple was covered in hard snow and ice. The sun shone all day long, and we took this sketch (image 1) and also 214. We descended via Scoat Tarn and Nether Beck, and watched Joss Naylor getting a sheep out of the beck. From my diary: “One of the best things about the day was the descent by Nether Beck in gathering twilight; the quiet fells in the dusk of a lovely day”.
I took image 2 for the digital project on 23rd July 2014 on a walk with Peter Watson (see Drawing 214 for an account of this day). We had lunch at the site of the sketch before heading off for the summit of Scoat Fell.