Drawing 287: The head of Newlands

Direction of view: S

Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of Rowling End, and the picture will look best late on a summer afternoon, when the sun will be on the westerly slopes of High Spy.  This is in deep shadow in the morning, and unbalances the picture.

Comments: I first took this picture on 29th September 2013 (see Drawing 105 for an account of this day).  An orienteering event was in progress, and Rowling End was one of the checkpoints.  Participants arrived regularly, but just swiped their wrist band with a beep, and departed, leaving me to try and get a decent picture.

My next visit was on 11th February 2018, on a wild and windy winter’s day.  I climbed Outerside then proceeded to Sail Pass, over Scar Crags to Causey Pike and down to Rowling End.  Heavy clouds which had covered Dale Head all day cleared briefly, allowing me to grab a picture – not easy in quite low light and with a freezing, buffeting wind!  But the two pictures contrast well.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this view appears is in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (67); a zoomed in picture, taken as with a telephoto lens, and omitting any foreground.

The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/30.  This sketch corresponds closely to the photograph, which also has dramatic clouds.