Drawing 51: Sinen Gill, Mungrisedale Common

Direction of view: E

Notes: Sun comes onto the waterfall from early afternoon.  This scene appears in The Northern Fells, page Mungrisedale Common 2, but not elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 30th July 1979 (image 1), and my diary says: “Purely a peak-bagging excursion.  Most gear was dumped in bracken early on.  The fell was unimpressive”.  Still, Mungrisedale Common was my 201st Wainwright fell, and just sixteen days later I had done the lot.

I visited Sinen Gill again on 19th March 2012, as part of a solo walk.  Having ascended Doddick Fell (148) to reach the top of Blencathra, I then progressed by Foule Crag (with a detour to Sharp Edge, 198) and Mungrisedale Common. I descended Sinen Gill to this sketch, which had nice sunlight on it: image 2.  It is easy to find, at about 1400’ altitude.  I then proceeded to visit sketch 93 on the way back to the car.

As Wainwright notes, the significance of this place is that it shows an intrusion of granite in the Skiddaw slates.