Drawing 398: Coniston Water

Direction of view: N

Notes: The location of the viewpoint is clearly shown on page 94 of The Outlying Fells.  The cairn there is now an untidy heap of stones, but the location is easily identified from the fine and conspicuous cairn at point 748.

Comments: Wainwright described point 748 as a nameless summit, but it seems that it is now known as Brock Barrow.  I ascended it on 15th August 2016, after having already been up Beacon Fell on the other side of the lake (see Drawing 127).  It was exhaustingly steep, but also very beautiful, with rowan berries, gorse flowers and blooming heather forming a lovely tapestry.  The view was a little hazy, but a classic nevertheless.

This sketch also appears on page 139 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  A different drawing of the same scene is sketch 34 in A Furness Sketchbook.  The view is also on page 94 of The Outlying Fells.  The Furness sketch has a moodier feel, with snow on the fells and a slightly threatening sky.