Drawing 316: PaveyArk, from Harrison Stickle

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: The viewpoint is adjacent to the summit cairn.

This scene also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (128), and on page 32 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  All three images are different, but of an identical scene.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 12th April 1978, on a day in Langdale with Peter Messenger, our route being a round of the five Langdale Pikes in tough conditions, with deep drifts of snow.  Some snow fell, as the day alternated between sun and cloud.  We also took sketches 132, 245 and 267, but  Pete’s pictures of those sketches were better than mine, so I kept the duplicates he gave me, and threw my own away.

I took this picture for the digital project on 8th March  2015, again on a walk with Peter Messenger.  We set out from the Stickle Gill car park, and climbed to Stickle Tarn for sketch 116 and lunch, then proceeded via Bright Beck to Thunacar Knott, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle for this sketch.  There was a strong, cold wind on the summit, making photography difficult.  We descended by the Thorn Crag path, detouring for sketch 52 of Gimmer Crag.

Pavey Ark’s most famous feature, of course, is Jack’s Rake, details of the ascent of which cover two full pages in The Central Fells guidebook.  I’d not done it for many years, but coaxed myself up it on 10th April 2019, when I found it harder than I remembered.  A few months later, a lady fell to her death from it. This view of the cliff emphasises its dangers.