Drawing 317: Robinson

Direction of view: E

Notes: This scene appears as a photo on the 174th page of Fellwalking with a Camera (the only other place in his published works where it does appear), and the sketch is true to the photo.  The viewpoint took some finding; but it is close to Sourmilk Gill – Wainwright shows a route up here, but there is none now visible on the ground. Grid reference: NY168158.

AW describes Robinson from this angle as a fell which is “bulky and lacks grace of outline and fails to impress”.

Comments: My first attempt to get this photo was on 6th October 2017 (see sketch 119 for an account of that day).  By the time I was descending from Red Pike, the light was dull and hazy, and I couldn’t find the viewpoint; an improvement was called for!

This was achieved on 11th May 2019, a beautiful clear and sunny day.  Peter Messenger and I did the High Stile ridge from Buttermere with his dog Sam; though only I battled through dense vegetation to get this sketch.  Descending from High Crag, we both got sketch 117, and walked back to Buttermere admiring the lovely bluebells that bloom on the slope above Warnscale.

Wainwright records that the name of the fell derives from Richard Robinson, an early landowner.