Drawing 81: Harter Fell, Mardale

Direction of view: SSW                

Notes: From the road by Haweswater.  Tree growth has rendered Wainwright’s original view impracticable, but a bit further down the road is a viewpoint which captures the spirit of his drawing.

This view also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (102), on page 20 of Wainwright in Lakeland, page 384 of Westmorland Heritage, and page 5 of Fellwalking with a Camera.  The photograph in the latter shows that Wainwright cropped a little on the right hand side for his sketch; the Lakeland Mountain Drawing includes this; it is most noticeable in relation to The Rigg.

Comments: I took this photo on 25th May 2017, on a beautiful morning spent getting four photos in Shap, Lowther, Askham and here.  See 76 for an account.

In The Far Eastern Fells, Wainwright describes  this as “one of the noblest mountain scenes in the district”: from Harter Fell’s summit “the ground suddenly collapses in a tremendous wall of crags, falling swiftly to the had of Mardale amongst wild and romantic surroundings”.