Drawing 384: Grisedale Pike

Direction of view: S

Notes: The viewpoint is close to the east ridge of Whinlatter.  The horizontal break in the trees in the sketch is, I believe, the Whinlatter Pass road.  I have never found the foreground rocks, and AW probably invented them: they are not in the sketch on page Whinlatter 3 in the guidebook.

This view appears as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 476, and on page Whinlatter 3 of The North Western Fells.  The mountain drawing is a different drawing of an identical scene (including the foreground rocks).

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 28th June 1977, on a pleasant ramble up Whinlatter with Peter Messenger.  I noted that there were good views to Criffel and the Solway Firth, and that Grisedale Pike looked impressive.

I visited the location for the digital project on 12th July 2016, on a walk up Whinlatter fell.  It was my fourth ascent; I was getting close to a fourth round of all the Wainwrights.

Interestingly, AW speculates about which top of Whinlatter is the higher.  When he wrote the guidebook, the west top was shown as higher on OS maps, and AW suggests it may not be: though he doesn’t commit himself, suggesting a number of reasons (including “mental weakness”!) as to why he might be wrong.  He wasn’t wrong.  The current OS map shows the east top as a full 8 metres higher.

Looking at the sketch and the photograph, forestry features have changed and the fell hasn’t.  As so often.