Drawing 354: Easedale Tarn

Direction of view: ENE

Notes: Easedale Tarn lies in a bowl amongst the hills, so loses the sunlight relatively early in the day.  The foreground is rather indefinite. A reprint of the central part of this sketch appears on page 115 of Westmorland Heritage.  Otherwise, it is not to be found elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 6th April 1977, during the Easter holidays of my first year at University: see image 1, and see Drawing 350 above.

I took this sketch on digital on 1st February 2015, on a walk with Peter Messenger (see 209 for an account of that day).  See image 2.

As is well known, there used to be a refreshment hut near the outflow of the tarn.  It was certainly there by 1870, and although some people considered it an eyesore in the wild landscape, others valued it.  Canon Rawnsley, writing in 1911, remembered “the blue curl of smoke from the wood fire ascending into quiet air, which used to greet us from below after a long trudge over White Stones, or from the Langdale Pikes”, and one can certainly imagine that when looking at this sketch.

The hut seems to have continued in operation until the Second World War, but never started up again thereafter.  Wainwright must have been familiar with it operating, but by the time he published The Central Fells in 1958 it was no more than a “draughty shelter”.  What remained of it was demolished in the 1960s.  If you are curious to know more, http://www.pastpresented.ukart.com/easedale-hut.htm   is an excellent resource.