Drawing 390: South from Hindscarth

Direction of view: SSE

Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of Hindscarth, though the foreground cairn is now much larger, and hollowed out to form a wind shelter.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film, on 8th March 1992.  After a sunny morning spent looking for sketches and deciding what walk to do Peter Messenger and I proceeded to Newlands Church for a walk up Hindscarth and down from Robinson.  It was mainly cloudy by the time we reached the top of Hindscarth, and a cold wind discouraged loitering.  Other sketches taken this day were 301, 399 and 166.

I took this photo for the digital project on 31st May 2014 on another walk with Peter Messenger (see Drawing 136 for an account of that day).  I had omitted to notice that this sketch was on our route, and had not brought it with me, but luckily Peter had made a note in his copy of The North Western Fells that the small sketch of the summit of Hindscarth is the same as this view.  I took it from the guidebook picture, and it proved true to the sketchbook image.  It was slightly hazy – as in AW’s drawing? – but otherwise good lighting.  The large numbers of people we had met earlier in the day had headed down, and we shared the summit only with an earnest young student from Newcastle.

This view also features as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 275; it is on page 181 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 88 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, it is the 55th photograph in Fellwanderer, and is on page Hindscarth 8 in The North Western Fells.  The photographs are probably all from the same negative; the print in Fellwanderer is stronger, the other two being somewhat washed out.  Kirk Fell is in the photo, but excluded from the sketch.