Drawing 47: Great Rigg and Fairfield

Direction of view: N

Notes: This is taken from very close to the summit of Heron Pike.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this picture appears is page 368 of Westmorland Heritage.

Heron Pike seems an unlikely name. As Wainwright says in relation to the other Heron Pike (near Patterdale) “from no direction does it look like a pike, nor will herons be found there”.

Comments: I visited this sketch location on 3rd May 2017 on a clear day without haze, but with high wind, which made David Claxton and me bale out of a planned Fairfield horseshoe round, instead descending over Stone Arthur.

The scene has changed little since Peter Messenger took this picture in the late 1970s.  The lighting makes the match to the sketch almost perfect.