Drawing 399: Hindscarth and Scope End

Direction of view: SW

Notes: From the minor road between Little Town and Newlands Church (there is a car park a couple of hundred yards down the road).  The post and wire fence on the left has been “upgraded” and trees have grown up beyond the first field; otherwise the scene is unchanged; though in June 2021 I was surprised to find that the field in the foreground accommodated a mixed flock of llamas and alpacas!

This sketch also appears on page 95 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  The view is represented on page Hindscarth 3 in The North Western Fells, and as Lakeland Mountain Drawing 170.  The mountain drawing has a foreground of bushes, rather than the track leading to the gate in the wall.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film, on 8th March 1992: see 390.

I took this picture for the digital project on 10th June 2015, and went on to climb Hindscarth – not by Scope End but as part of a traverse of the tops from Dale Head to Robinson (see 108 for an account of that day).  The picture seems to be taken from the roadway, and I was using my tripod, so had to move a couple of times to let traffic pass.  I used a Lee 0.6 filter to compensate for the brightness of the sky.

Hindscarth has “an attractive but enigmatic name”, according to Diana Whaley.  At the foot of Scope End is the remains of Goldscope Mine: see page Hindscarth 5 in The North Western Fells for details.  It is a scheduled monument (no. 1019945 on the Historic England list).  In the 16th and 17th centuries copper was won; in the 19th century, lead.  Mining finally ceased in 1920.  We sometimes forget how intrusive were past developments that now are no more.