Drawing 68: Hopegill Head

Direction of view: W

Notes:  Walking from Grisedale Pike, the viewpoint is close to the top of Grisedale Pike subsidiary summit.  There are now two prominent parallel paths beyond the col, though the leftmost of these is just outside the area covered by the sketch.

This scene also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (374) and on page 159 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The mountain drawing includes three walkers who are not in the photograph or the sketch.  Wainwright’s draughtsmanship in this sketch is impressive.

Comments: I first took this photo on 4th April 1981 (image 1).  Peter Messenger and I set out from the Whinlatter Pass road, up the north ridge of Grisedale Pike, then round to Hopegill Head and Ladyside Pike, where we parted company – Pete bound for a Carlisle United home game, and I for a round of the Coledale Horseshoe and walk back to Keswick.  As my diary records: “a day of heady sunshine and high ridges”.

I took a digital image on 25th March 2019.  Anne Setright and I were staying at the Coledale Inn for her birthday weekend.  The day after her birthday was clear and sunny, and we did the Coledale horseshoe (Grisedale Pike first).  Anne commented on how I raced off ahead when I saw the location of the sketch: image 2!

By this time in the project, I had an ever-diminishing list of photos I still needed to take.  All pictures at this stage of the project were taken with my Sony digital SLR, with the picture style set to Landscape; and for easily accessible pictures I used a tripod.  I didn’t carry a tripod into the mountains, however. I later decided that the Neutral setting was better than the Landscape one.