Drawing 332: Clappersgate
Direction of view: W
Notes: This scene is little changed, apart from odd bits of vegetation having grown up. The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this sketch appears is page 367 of Westmorland Heritage, where the bottom of the sketch is omitted.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 29th June 1977. Peter Messenger and I had spent the night in a tent on the summit of Helm Crag, and were up very early. Mist lay in the valleys below, but soon cleared with the sunshine. We then had one of our greatest bonanzas of sketches snapped – 14 in the day in Ambleside and Great and Little Langdale, then over the passes to Eskdale.
After a walk with Peter Messenger on 30th August 2014 (see Drawing 84), I accidentally left my camera in his car, and we met up in Ambleside the following day for me to reclaim it. Sheelagh Hughes Hallett & I then went on to look for this sketch and number 374. We located both, but the time of day and weather were not perfect. So, my digital picture was taken on 31st August 2014.