Drawing 329: The Scafells, from Crinkle Crags

Direction of view: NW

Notes: The viewpoint is at the bottom of the climb to the 5th Crinkle (heading north).  I have never found the specific rocks in the foreground of the sketch, but one key is Little Narrowcove (opposite, on Scafell Pike) pointing straight towards you.

This view also features in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (444).  The photograph from which it was drawn appears as the 4th photograph in Ex-Fellwanderer, and on page 70 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The photo and sketch appear together on page 132 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer.  The sketch is not a close match to this photo, and Wainwright may well have used a different picture as the basis of this sketch.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd May 1981 (image 1); a marvellous day of sun, with cumulus clouds adding character to the sky.  Peter Messenger and I set out from Wrynose Pass for Crinkle Crags, passing old drifts of snow over 3 feet deep in places.  After traversing Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, we descended to Ore Gap and down by Lingcove Beck and Mosedale to the Wrynose Pass road.  In all, we captured eleven sketches, those from the Lakeland Sketchbooks being 227, 369, 153, 329, 95, 314, 247 and 392.

My first visit for the digital project was on 28th November 2016 (image 2), but the day was disappointingly dull, despite a forecast to the contrary.  Nevertheless, the picture has some of the spirit of the sketch.

My final visit was on my birthday, 29th October 2018 – see 154 for an account of that day.  The view to the Scafells was magnificent, and I found a spot on Shelter Crags – appropriately, as the wind was cold – to enjoy it over lunch.  The photo from this day is image 3