Drawing 391: Skiddaw from Friar’s Crag
Direction of view: N
Notes: At present (2014) it is not possible to take this photo as per Wainwright’s sketch, as young trees have grown up, obscuring the view of Skiddaw. By walking south, a bit of rocky shore protrudes into the lake, and gives the best approximation (and an excellent view!).
This sketch is reproduced on page 82 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and it appears with the photograph from which it was drawn on page 119 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer. The photo is also on page 188 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and is the twenty fourth photograph in Fellwanderer. Compared to the photographs, Wainwright has in the sketch introduced an overhanging branch to frame the picture.
Comments: I first took this picture on slide film in January 1992, though I don’t have a note of the precise date or circumstances.
I had looked for this location before, but took the picture for this digital project on 29th October 2014, on a birthday trip to Keswick with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett (see sketch 38 for an account). A beautiful autumn day.
The original meaning of “Skiddaw” is unclear. “The mountain with the jutting crag” has been suggested, though Skiddaw doesn’t have much by way of crags, jutting or otherwise. But considering that alternative suggested derivations include “dung heap”, we should perhaps be content with the jutting crag after all.