Drawing 319: Great Gable, from Kirk Fell

Direction of view: ESE

Notes: I have not located the rocks in the foreground of the sketch.  The best viewpoint is a prominent rocky top just east of the summit of Kirk Fell.  The fell in view on the sketch above Windy Gap is Fairfield, only visible on a clear day.  The less prominent fell in view (just!) in my photograph is part of Glaramara.

This view also appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 291, and on page 96 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 53 of Ex-Fellwanderer, and page 202 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer.  The mountain drawing has different rocks in the foreground, but is generally scrappy and lacks the finesse of this sketch.

Comments: I took this picture on 24th February 2019, after a couple of abortive attempts (due to poor weather).  Peter Messenger and I set out from Honister on a bright and clear morning, but this clouded over and haze developed.  I had hoped to improve upon my pictures of sketches 135 (Windy Gap) and 161 (Scafells from Westmorland’s Cairn), but although we visited these locations, the pictures were no better than taken previously.  We descended to Beck Head, left our rucksacks there, and set off up Kirk Fell.  Finding the best viewpoint took a while, but by then the sun had re-emerged, and the haze was not thick enough to spoil this view.  Gable looks truly magnificent from this angle.