Drawing 330: Wastwater, from Greathall Gill

Direction of view: NE

Notes: The viewpoint is on the path on the east side of Greathall Gill.

This view also appears in photographic form on page 92 of Fellwalking with a Camera; it is the 40th photograph in Fellwanderer; and it is on page 60 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer.  The sketch also appears on page 136 of Wainwright in Lakeland. The promontory across the river was less wooded in Wainwright’s day.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 27th June 1978 during a youth hostelling tour of the Lake District with my University friend Don Rodgers.  There was an interval of fine weather around the middle of the day, enabling us to see the views, and we also saw a fox on the Screes, as well as stonechats and wheatears.

I took the picture for the digital project on 6th September 2015.  Anne Setright and I were staying for a week at Lane End Cottage in Boot, and on the Sunday morning we drove round to Wasdale for the walk over the summit of the Wastwater Screes and back along the lake shore.  It was a bright and sunny day, albeit windy. At the end of the walk we secured two more sketches: 64 and 368.  The viewpoint for Drawing 64 can be seen in this sketch