Drawing 377: Calf Close Bay, Derwentwater

Direction of view: W

Notes: Park at the National Trust Great Wood car park, walk south down the Borrowdale road, and then take a path from the bus stop to the lake shore (or catch the bus to here!!).  The wall and fence no longer exist, and there is a wide shingle shore to the lake.  Surprisingly, this scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.

Wainwright (and most other writers) refer to this as Calf Close Bay; to the Ordnance Survey it is Calfclose Bay.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film in late August / early September 1978, though I have no note of the precise date or circumstances.  It seems that lots of other sketches around Borrowdale were taken on the same day.

I visited the location again on 3rd August 2015, after a walk over High Seat, Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag (my favourite Lakeland walk) with Anne Setright.  A bright afternoon had clouded over by the time we reached this point, which was a blessing in disguise, as otherwise we would have been looking straight into the sun.  As it was, the picture is effective, if hardly definitive.