Drawing 353:TheDuddon Valley
Direction of view: N
Notes: It is physically impossible to photograph this view as drawn by Wainwright, as it is not practicable to get far enough away from the os column to give it the scale and location as in the drawing. I imagine that AW combined two different photographs to create this sketch.
Comments: I first climbed Caw in mist in November 1997; my second ascent was a beautiful Easter Saturday morning, 19th April 2014, when I secured this picture. This time I went up from the Lickle Valley – so far as I can recall, my first visit there. A beautiful approach, and the views from Caw are outstandingly good. On the way down by the infant River Lickle, I encountered dozens of Peacock butterflies – a lovely experience. On 14th July 1972, AW saw a mating flight of ladybirds on the summit. So it’s quite a fell for Nature.
In The Outlying Fells, Wainwright comments that “Caw means Calf, but there is nothing docile and gentle in its temperament….. Caw is an abrupt pyramid”. It stands out even in distant views, for example from my home village of Sandside, on the east bank of the Kent estuary.
This view also appears as sketch 40 in A Furness Sketchbook: quite a different drawing, which does not include the ordnance survey column.