Drawing 339: The summit of Coniston Old Man

Direction of view: SSE

Notes: The rocky ridge in the foreground is the last before the path crosses a gravelly area and starts the final climb to the summit.  A broad path now scars the hillside on the right.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this view appears is on page 50 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  In the sketch he has added two walkers descending from the summit; there may be one person in the photograph.

Comments: Image 1 was taken on slide film during a traverse of the Coniston Fells with Peter Messenger on 4th April 1993.  We set out from Wrynose Pass at 1.30pm, so it was quite late by the time we were on the tops, traversing Great Carrs, Swirl How and Brim Fell to reach this point.   There was “much photography and slow progress” according to my walks diary, including sketches 239, 88, 290 and 49 as well as this one.  We then traversed Dow Crag to Walna Scar Pass, and finished the day with a bar meal at the Sun Inn in Coniston.

I took the picture for the digital project on 25th July 2015 (image 2, see 290 for an account of that day).  There were heavy clouds over the Coniston fells as I arrived at the viewpoint, though with some patience I did get a flash of sun on the summit.  Full sun would have presented another problem in terms of adverse lighting.  The scar of the path is very obvious in this picture.