Drawing 281: Bowfell, from Pike o’ Blisco

Direction of view: NW

Notes: From a terrace NW of the summit (otherwise this terrace appears in the photo, and it isn’t in the sketch).

This scene also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (41), on page 234 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 209 of Westmorland Heritage, page 68 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and page Pike o’ Blisco 4 in The Southern Fells.  The photograph in Fellwalking with a Camera is very dull, but appears to be the picture AW used to make the drawing, despite the fact that the foreground rocks in the drawing are different (and more attractive) than those in the photograph.  The mountain drawing uses the same rocks as the sketch.

Comments: I took this picture on 30th August 2017, on a solo walk from Dungeon Ghyll.  I set out late (1240) after dealing with a carpet fitter’s visit at home and awful traffic on the A591.  After improving on my previous effort at sketch 263 in Oxendale, I climbed up to Red Tarn, and got sketch 227 in good conditions.  Thence to the summit of Pike o’ Blisco, where I had to wait awhile, until a brief flash of sunshine allowed just one shot, though it was enough.  On the summit I met a charming family from Cambridge (though of Irish descent), who were loving the Lake District, and keen to hear about Wainwright and the fells.  Then I took the path down to Stool End, for a traverse of the mountain.

In The Southern Fells, Wainwright says that this is “a fine-sounding swashbuckling name, savouring so much of buccaneers and the Spanish Main”.  More prosaically, learned authorities confess they simply don’t know how the mountain acquired its’ name, or what it means!