Drawing 61: Boot

Direction of view: SSE

Notes: The viewpoint is the start of the bridleway leading out of Boot to Burnmoor Tarn (or Miterdale).  Wainwright says that “the scene, in its essentials, has changed not at all over the centuries”, and indeed the buildings haven’t changed much since his sketch, but tree growth has made them more difficult to see, even in winter.  Where AW shows a millstone, there is now a round wooden flower tub.  Best taken in the afternoon.

This scene also appears on page 173 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and page 76 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 29th June 1977 (see Drawing 26), at the end of a very long day: image 1.

First taken for the digital project at the opposite end of the day on 3rd December 2012 with Anne Setright, who also took it for the Wainwright Society’s sketchbooks project. The sun was just rising over the fell right in front of us, and we had to wait for it to go into cloud before taking the picture. See Drawing 233 for a brief account of this day; the photo is not shown here.

My next visit was at 6pm on 18th June 2013, again with Anne, after returning from a day at Muncaster Castle (see also Drawing 20 regarding this day).  The lighting was good, but foliage a real problem as expected: image 2.