Drawing 327: Blencathra from Castlerigg Stone Circle

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: Deservedly a very popular location, it is hard to get this picture without other people.  Light is good for this and the other sketch at Castlerigg (394) in late afternoon / early evening. This sketch also appears on page 128 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, and page 85 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  The scene is portrayed as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 153; in this view, there is a light dusting of snow in the foreground and more snow on Blencathra, though the clouds have remained unchanged. 

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on one of those “bonanza” sketch days with Peter Messenger; this one on 6th April 1977.  Our friend Andrew Amos was also with us on this occasion.  We bagged no less than eight sketches on our way down to Grasmere, then a further four on our walk to Sergeant Man.  It was a day with a good deal of sun, but also some quite heavy snow showers.

My next visit was another sketch-hunting bonanza, in January 1978.  We got 7 sketches: 38 and 39, 238, 248, 327 and 394 and finally 6.

My next visit was also made in 1978, probably on 25th August, after an ascent of Brae Fell with Peter Messenger.  Other sketches taken on this day were 30 and 54, the two from Castlerigg Stone Circle (this and 394), two of Bassenthwaite (40 and 252), and finally Caldbeck (342).

6th May 2012 was my first visit to Castlerigg Stone Circle for many years, and the main reason for visiting at this time was to get a couple of photographs for an article I had written on Cumbrian Stone Circles for “Footsteps” (the journal of the Wainwright Society: Issue 38, Summer 2012, page 24).  I went there with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett as part of a good day out in the Lakes.  There was sun on the fells periodically, but it refused to shine on the stones.  There were lambs in the field, and the lush grass around the base of the stones attracted them.

I finally took the definitive picture of this sketch on 18th June 2017, after a walk over the Lord’s Seat group of fells (see 280).  The lighting and clouds were about as good as one could hope for.