Drawing 335: Bowness Bay, Windermere

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: The viewpoint is near an old slate drinking fountain, overlooking the main boat pier for lake cruises. Wainwright avoided getting any buildings in his drawing, including the [rather picturesque] ticket kiosks.  Railings have sprung up not shown on the drawing, and there seems to be more tarmac now.

Comments: I first took this picture (image 1) on slide film on 4th May 1981 with Peter Messenger, when we got four sketches, including this one, before exploring the Little Langdale quarries and ascending Wetherlam.  It was a day of cold winds, with cloudy and sunny intervals.

I first visited this location for the digital project on 2nd January 2014, on a day out with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett.  It was dull, the Fairfield fells in mist, and the picture taken was really for reference only.  We went onto Brockhole, which was staging an exhibition about Wainwright, with material drawn from the County Archives (some of which I had a hand in cataloguing / designing).

Image 2 was taken at about 8.45am on Sunday 1st July 2018 (see 196 for an account of that day

This sketch also appears on page 42 of Westmorland Heritage, page 150 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and page 179 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer (reduced in size, but apparently from the same drawing).