Drawing 84: The path on Haystacks
Direction of view: W
Notes: The viewpoint is adjacent to the outflow of Blackbeck Tarn.
This scene appears on page 2 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, page 3 of Ex-Fellwanderer, and page Haystacks 3 in The Western Fells.
Comments: I first took this photo (image 1) on 30th August 2014, on a walk over the High Stile range with Peter Messenger. It was our 500th walk together, but Pete had forgotten to bring the sketches (a bad miss, as he would say!), so we had to rely on the pictures in the guidebook, of which this sketch turns out to be an exact copy. The day overall was mainly overcast, so the photos obtained were pretty average, and in fact we were in the mist on High Stile, preventing us obtaining any of the sketches there. The only other sketches we photographed were 117 and 124, in both cases the guidebook picture differs slightly from the sketch. Our walk was part of the “Wainwright Memorial Walk” (a 107-mile route through the Lake District that Wainwright set out to walk with three friends over the Whitsunday holiday of 1931), our section for the day being from Buttermere village to the slopes of Brandreth, where we turned aside and descended to Honister.
We took the picture again on 18th April 2018 (image 2), this time whilst walking a section of “Wainwright’s Way” (a long distance walk from Blackburn to Haystacks, devised by Nick Burton). Our section for the day was from Rosthwaite to Buttermere, done on another day lacking in sunshine.