Drawing 365: Sandwick

Direction of view: SW

Notes: This needs to be taken in the morning; and since there has been considerable tree growth in front of the buildings, it needs to be taken when the leaves are off the trees.  The buildings have also changed in various small ways.  AW’s viewpoint is close to the riverbank, an area currently (2014) fenced off from public access.

Sandwick is a well known point on the lakeside path to Patterdale; a walk which AW’s friend Molly Lefebure describes as “A heavenly day of some seven miles actual walking… the lake is an enchantment all the way, tempting us to burst into Picturesque ecstasies”.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 12th July 1979 before a walk to Wether Hill, Loadpot Hill and Bonscale Pike with Peter Messenger.  It was a very hazy day.  I was closing in on my first round of the Wainwright fells, Bonscale Pike being my 200th Wainwright.

I took the picture again on slide film on 12th February 1989.  Again I was with Peter Messenger, this time walking a section of the Westmorland Way from Askham to Sandwick.  It was quite a wild day, with heavy hail showers and an icy wind.

I took my picture for this Project on 13th May 2014 (see 225 for an account of that day).  It was the afternoon, and looking straight into the sun, so not worth risking a quick dash to the exact viewpoint.  Just as well I didn’t, for the farmer drove past on a quad bike!

This sketch is reproduced on page 257 of Westmorland Heritage.