Drawing 280: Skiddaw from Barf

Direction of view: ENE

Notes: The best viewpoint is close to the summit cairn on Barf.

Comments: I hoped to get this sketch on an ascent of Barf on 24th February 2012 (see Drawing 69), but Skiddaw was in heavy cloud.  However, it was very noticeable how Dodd now has far fewer trees than shown in AW’s drawing – and looks all the better for it, as AW would say!

It wasn’t until 18th June 2017 that I returned to the summit of Barf – in much better weather.  I walked from Wythop Mill via Tom Rudd Beck to Graystones, then traversed the Lord’s Seat ridge to reach Barf.  There were many small heath butterflies, both in the valley and on the fells, and on descending to the Wythop Valley, I found the fields full of violas.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this view appears is on the endpaper to Volume 5 of Lakeland Mountain Drawings. This is something of an oddity: it is clearly a different drawing from sketch 280, but is executed in a meticulous and detailed way quite different to the sketches in Lakeland Mountain Drawings Volume 5.  It seems that Wainwright has used a sketch drawn years earlier.