Drawing 352: The Mosedale Fells

Direction of view: N

Notes: The viewpoint is in fact the summit of Yewbarrow, where all the elements of this scene line up perfectly.

Comments: I first took this picture on 8th August 2015 (see Drawings 58 and 109 for an account of that day).  Peter Messenger and I traversed Yewbarrow from Dore Head to Overbeck Bridge; an entertaining scramble in ascent, and a rough and tiresome descent, albeit with excellent views.  We were lucky that high cloud, which had spread in from the west, lightened whilst we were on the summit, allowing some soft sunlight to filter through.

So few cairns remain unchanged down the years!

The Mosedale Horseshoe is considered one of the finest ridge walks in Lakeland.  Wainwright himself lists it in his personal top 10; and the well-known walker, author and climber Walt Unsworth wrote that “a traverse of these fells has a sense of achievement that few walks can equal”.

This scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.