Drawing 351: Sheffield Pike

Direction of view: WSW

Notes: The viewpoint is on the road along Ullswater, a few paces north of the bridge over Glencoyne Beck.  The farm buildings are obscured by foliage in the summer.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 4th April 1977: one of eight sketches that Peter Messenger and I managed to squeeze in before a round of the Kentmere horseshoe (when we got two more!).  It was a clear morning, but the weather deteriorated as the day progressed.

A second version on slide film was taken on 11th January 1979, a couple of days after my (successful!) interview for a training contract with Cumbria County Council.  Peter Messenger and I were heading for the hills, namely Hartsop Dodd and Caudale Moor, and got this picture, as well as 139 and 256 on the way.

My third and final picture on slide film was on 17th February 1991.  A perfect winter morning was spent taking pictures around Ullswater (including this sketch and 163), then I left Glenridding just before midday, taking sketch 145 on the walk in to a traverse of Catstycam, the Helvellyn Edges and Birkhouse Moor. The day clouded over, but remained very enjoyable with ice axe and crampons coping well with lots of hard old snow.

I took my photo on digital on 6th October 2012, at the start of a walk with Peter Messenger (see Drawing 18).  The tree on the right has grown into a fine mature specimen, otherwise the scene is little changed, and there were even sheep in the field, as shown by AW.

The only other appearance of this sketch in Wainwright’s published works is on page 108 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer. This is a reprint of the same drawing.