Drawing 366: Tarn on Silver How

Direction of view: WNW

Notes: This tarn, with its myriad small islands, is very obvious just to the west of Silver How.  A larger tarn, which is starting to silt up, is just beyond, and is visible in the sketch when you know it’s there.

This scene also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (234), on page 56 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 31 of Fellwanderer, page 22 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and on page Silver How 10 in The Central Fells.  In the photograph, as in the sketch, there is a light covering of snow; Wainwright has repositioned some of the little islands.  The same comment can be applied to the mountain drawing.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 6th April 1977 on a walk with Andrew Amos and Peter Messenger: see 350 for an account of that day.  Shortly after taking this photo (image 1) we reached my 150th Wainwright summit: Silver How.

I took my picture for the digital project on 7th February 2018, on a walk with Peter Messenger.  We had ascended Megs Gill to pick up the route of “Wainwright’s Way”, which we followed from Silver How over BleaRigg and down to Stickle Tarn.  A beautiful winter’s morning was clouding over, but the conditions seem quite close to those portrayed in the sketch; and there is remarkably little change in the foreground in 41 years: image 2.