Drawing 311: Watendlath Bridge
Direction of view: NE
Notes: The trees in the background have gone, and been replaced by smaller ones closer to the bridge. If one reproduces the scene exactly, there are likely to be parked cars visible; these can be hidden behind the bridge, but only at the expense of the bridge itself hiding more of the buildings. In A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook, published in 1972, Wainwright notes that a report prepared for Friends of the Lake District had recommended closure of the road to Watendlath for tourists in cars.
The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this scene appears is on page 170 of Wainwright in Lakeland. As usual, it is a reprint of this drawing.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film in August 1981, though I have no note of the precise date or circumstances.
I first took this picture for the digital project on 7th April 2013, on a day out with Peter and Ruth Messenger (see 386). After a long cold spell, it felt like the first day of Spring, and a small group of miniature daffodils bloomed at the foot of the bridge.
In summer, the building on the left is almost invisible. The third picture was taken on 29th June 2018 (see Drawing 143 for an account of that day).