Drawing 298: The Mosedale Horseshoe

Direction of view: NW

Notes: From St Olaf’s churchyard; the buildings in view are Row Head.  The stones in the wall used by AW for his foreground are clearly distinguishable, but any view from that point is obscured by tree growth – holly and yew, so no hope of improved conditions in winter.  David Johnson has achieved a picture from the correct location by standing very close to the churchyard wall: “tree and shrub growth required me to stand almost next to the wall to be able to capture the mountain scene in full.”

This scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.

Comments: Image 1 was taken on 4th August 1979 during a solo youth hostelling trip around the western Lake District: see 249.

I took the picture for the digital project on 8th July 2019, on a visit to Wasdale Head with Anne Setright (image 2).  It is difficult now to get any viable picture through the trees; that shown below is the best available, with fill in flash to provide some lighting on the stones in the foreground wall.  After getting this picture and also 85, we hiked off for a rather wet wild camp at Sprinkling Tarn.