Drawing 320: The Vale of Grasmere

Direction of view: SSE

Notes: This view is from the old path up Helm Crag, a viewpoint bypassed by the new path.  There is a path to the viewpoint, which sits on the crest of the ridge descending from Helm Crag summit to Grasmere. The rocky outcrop seen just over the stone wall in the sketch enables the viewpoint to be determined exactly.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this view appears is a slightly cropped version on page 107 of Westmorland Heritage.  In my copy of that book, at least, it looks pale and rather blurry.

Comments: I visited this location on 31st July 2016, after my wild camp below Deer Bield Crag (see Drawing 133 for an account of that occasion). Reaching this area of fellside was a struggle through man-high bracken, and I couldn’t locate the foreground for the picture.

This problem was remedied with a further visit on 22nd October 2018 (see 255 for an account of that day), when a bit of patience yielded a shot with sunshine lighting the autumn colours.  Satisfied with the day’s searching, I celebrated with a scone with jam and cream and a pot of tea at Lancrigg Hotel, just below.

Peter Messenger’s photo from the late 1970s is included for contrast.