Drawing 58: Yewbarrow

Direction of view: NE

Notes: Park 100 yards before Nether Beck bridge, and follow the small path uphill.

A photograph of this scene appears on page 118 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The trees are rather different between the photograph and the sketch, with a tree on the far right of the photograph being omitted entirely from the sketch, which is better balanced without it.  Interesting that Wainwright closely copied nature in sketch 57, but used artistic licence here.

Comments: I first took this picture (image 1) on a day walk from Wastwater youth hostel on 4th August 1979: see Drawing 33.

I took the picture for the digital project on 8th August 2015.  Peter Messenger and I had arranged a rendezvous at Nether Beck bridge, and whilst waiting for him to arrive, I wandered up the hill from the road.  It was a beautiful morning, and just a question of waiting for cumulus cloud shadows to move off the fell before securing a good picture (image 2).  We went on to walk up by Nether Beck to Scoat Tarn, visiting Scoat Fell, Steeple, Red Pike and Yewbarrow itself on an 8 hour walk over rough country.  I also got sketches 96, 355, 109 and 352 this day.

It seems that the name of the fell has nothing to do with trees, but means “the hill grazed by ewes”.  Well, it certainly is.