Drawing 355: Red Pike, Wasdale

Direction of view: SE

Notes: The viewpoint is close to the depression on the ridge between Scoat Fell and Red Pike.

This sketch also appears on page 108 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and a photograph is on page 120 of Fellwalking with a Camera (captioned Red Pike Mosedale).  The photograph does not include the two birds or the two walkers, and the slope on the right skyline appears gentler – in line with Wainwright’s belief that a camera lens tends to depress verticals.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 24th February 1981, on a walk with Peter Messenger and Andrew Amos (image 1).  From Overbeck Bridge we traversed Yewbarrow, finding the descent of Stirrup Crag covered in soft snow and awkward; then on to Red Pike (this sketch and 109).  Beyond, the route to Scoat Fell and Steeple was covered in hard snow and ice.  The sun shone all day long.  We descended via Scoat Tarn and Nether Beck, and watched Joss Naylor getting a sheep out of the beck.  From my diary: “One of the best things about the day was the descent by Nether Beck in gathering twilight; the quiet fells in the dusk of a lovely day”.

I took image 2 for the digital project on 8th August 2015, on a walk with Peter Messenger (see 109 for an account of that day).  High cloud had obscured the strong sunshine of the early part of the day, but views were still far ranging, from the Scottish coast to the Isle of Man.  The mountains in the background are Broad Crag and Scafell Pike, seen over Lingmell.