Drawing 88: Brim Fell

Direction of view: S

Notes: The viewpoint is Little How Crags, just left of the path down to Levers Hause.  The rocks shown in the foreground are recognisable, about 50 yards south of the small cairn on Little How Crags.  The light is good in the morning; the digital picture below was taken at 11.15, though earlier would have been better still.

This view appears on the title page of the Brim Fell chapter in The Southern Fells, and also on page 53 of Fellwalking with a Camera, page 67 of Wainwright in Lakeland, and as sketch 17 in A Second Furness Sketchbook. The Furness drawing actually represents the foreground rocks better than the sketch does.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film during a traverse of the Coniston Fells with Peter Messenger on 4th April 1993.  We set out from Wrynose Pass at 1.30pm, so it was quite late by the time we were on the tops, where there was “much photography and slow progress” according to my walks diary.  We then traversed Dow Crag to Walna Scar Pass, and finished the day with a bar meal at the Sun Inn in Coniston.

I visited the location for the digital project on 4th October 2015 and 7th October 2016, but poor light and clouds forestalled me on both occasions.  A much better result was obtained on 20th April 2019, a day when I also got decent pictures of sketches 49 and 239.  It was Easter Saturday, and a busy day on the fells generally, yet the fact that the viewpoint is off the path makes it easy to get a shot without people.