Drawing 307: Blea Tarn
Direction of view: NNW
Notes: Easily accessible from the National Trust car park (at a minimum charge of £4!) on the Blea Tarn road. It lines up best from just before the stone wall descending to the shore.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film in the autumn of 1991, probably on 3rd November, on a day which was concentrated on photography rather than walking. Other sketches probably taken on the same day were 86, 310, 219, 160, 250, and 196, and almost certainly this was a day with Peter Messenger, looking for autumn colours.
I visited this location with Adrian Almond on a day’s landscape photography tutorial, but didn’t actually photograph the sketch, which had to wait until 5th June 2016, when I used my tripod and a graduated Lee filter to get a moody shot. It was around 11am, and the air was already becoming hazy. See Drawing 27 for an account of the day.
In his notes to this sketch, Wainwright observes that “in recent years [ie the late 1960s] the surroundings have become unkempt”, but he expected the National Trust, who had recently acquired the site, to tidy it up.
This view also appears as the frontispiece to Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and on page 205 of Westmorland Heritage. They are both prints from the same drawing.