Drawing 40: Bassenthwaite Lake

Direction of view: ESE

Notes: The viewpoint is close to Ouse Bridge, and there is ample roadside parking.  It is a popular spot for fishing (as shown by AW), picnicking etc.  The picture is best taken mid-afternoon; after that the foreground goes into shade.

This view appears on page 147 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 190 of Fellwalking with a Camera, and is Lakeland Mountain Drawing 262: again, a new drawing of an identical view, even down to the solitary fisherman. 

This is a remarkable drawing: the reeds in the foreground are brilliantly done, and the handling of light and shadow on the background fells is interesting.

Comments: I first took this picture (image 1) on slide film in 1978, probably on 25th August, after an ascent of Brae Fell with Peter Messenger: see Drawing 30.

First taken on digital on 18th July 2013, after a walk on the Uldale Fells.  It was a very hot summer’s day, but not hazy.  This is image 2.

Interestingly, the first attempt to arrange a regatta in the Lake District was made at Ousebridge in 1780. The “attractions” included water spaniels chasing ducks and a horse race where horses were taken out into the lake in a boat, which was then sunk, the first horse to swim to the shore being the winner.  Times change, thankfully!