Drawing 63: Scale Bridge, Buttermere

Direction of view: SW

Notes: This view of the bridge also appears on page Red Pike Buttermere 4 in The Western Fells.  Best taken in the morning.

Comments: I took this picture on slide film on 12th September 1981, an excursion with Peter Messenger: see drawing 23.  Apart from tree growth on the far bank (and the absence of the dog!), the scene was little changed from that sketched by AW.

My visit with a digital camera was on 7th May 2015, the day of the General Election.  After going to vote, Sheelagh Hughes Hallett and I headed up to the Lakes to see the famous Rannerdale bluebells; they were attractive, but not at their best this year, so two locals told us.  I nipped up Rannerdale Knotts, and we then drove on to Buttermere, where I went to get this photo, although appreciating that 4pm wasn’t likely to be the ideal time for it!  In fact the picture I got wasn’t bad, and the bridge is less overgrown now than it was in 1981.

The photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/10.  There is no dog to be seen in that photo, either!