Drawing 300: Borrowdale, from Castle Crag
Direction of view: N
Notes: The view is from the summit. Little has changed, though in reality the village of Grange appears as a ribbon of development across the scene, rather than as an attractive cluster.
The only other place in Wainwright’s published work where this sketch appears is on page 130 of Wainwright in Lakeland.
Comments: I took this picture on slide film on 12th September 1981. I was with Peter Messenger, and my diary records “A very quick up and down from Rosthwaite; the whole walk took less than an hour. The object was securing some photographs on and around the summit, and this was achieved just before cloud swept across the sun”. The other pictures taken that day were 259 and 184.
I took this picture for the digital project on the late morning of 8th April 2015. Three or four adults were taking a mixed party of children up to the top; an excellent adventure for them.
At 985 feet tall, Castle Crag is the lowest fell to be accorded a separate chapter in the Pictorial Guides; and indeed the only one under 1000 feet. The summit is reckoned to have been a hill fort (a “slight univallate hillfort” according to Historic England!). Its original shape has been affected by quarrying.