Drawing 303: Skelwith Force

Direction of view: NW

Notes: The viewpoint is on the south bank of the river, and not easy of access (2014), due to fallen trees and slippery rocks.

This view also appears on page 369 of Westmorland Heritage, page 156 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and it is drawing number 2 in A Furness Sketchbook.  The Furness sketch is a different drawing, but of an identical scene: same time of year, same level of water in the river.  The two sketches provide a good example of how Wainwright could handle the same scene in slightly different ways.

Comments: I took this photograph originally on slide film in 1979, almost certainly on a day with Peter Messenger, getting a number of photos for the Lakeland and Furness sketchbooks.   Other Lakeland sketches taken on the same day were Newby Bridge (4), and Force Falls (207).

I visited this viewpoint for this digital project on 1st August 2014 with Anne Setright.  We checked into our B&B for the weekend at Elterwater Park, and then set out for an afternoon walk.  We had quite a scramble over wet rock and around fallen trees to gain this viewpoint, but were lucky to find it without people on the rocks around the fall.  There was just a suggestion of sunshine on what was a cloudy afternoon.  We continued our walk to visit the north side of the falls, by which time many other people were around, then on to Elterwater.