Drawing 344: Crummock Water

Direction of view: SE

Notes: The viewpoint is 200m north of the highest (423m) summit of Low Fell.  It is easily spotted when approaching from the north.  The fell on the far left is Whiteless Pike (not Grasmoor): Wainwright provides an outline diagram proving this. The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this scene appears is in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (number 77).  The pattern of fields in the valley below is more in evidence in the mountain drawing, as if AW has taken a few steps forward from his viewpoint for this sketch.


Image 1 is Peter Messenger’s picture from the late 1970s © Peter Messenger.

I took this picture for the digital project on 28th June 2019, after several previous abortive attempts in poor weather.  I set out from Thackthwaite just before 5pm, and took the picture before I left the fell, at about 6.30 (image 2).

It is worth recording the following.  My professional and working life was a career in the law.  I qualified as a solicitor in 1982, after completing my training with a two year contract working in the legal department of Cumbria County Council, where my training principal was the County Solicitor, Alan Fraser: an excellent lawyer, dedicated public servant and music lover.  Alan died in June 2019, and his memorial service was in Carlisle Cathedral on 28th June; I drove down to Lakeland afterwards to do this walk.  So, the picture below is dedicated to Alan.