Drawing 95: Bowfell from Crinkle Crags

Direction of view: NNW

Notes: The viewpoint is the summit of the third crinkle (note the distinctive foreground rock, with two parallel cracks). This view also appears in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (138), Westmorland Heritage (page 212), and on page Crinkle Crags 12 in The Southern Fells.  It is remarkable how Wainwright re-drew so many scenes for the Lakeland Mountain Drawings books: exactly the same scene, drawn (presumably) from exactly the same photograph.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd May 1981; a marvellous day of sun, with cumulus clouds adding character to the sky.  Peter Messenger and I set out from Wrynose Pass for Crinkle Crags, passing drifts of snow over 3 feet deep in places.  After traversing Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, we descended to Ore Gap and down by Lingcove Beck and Mosedale to the Wrynose Pass road.  In all, we captured eleven sketches, those from the Lakeland Sketchbooks being 227, 369, 153, 329, 95, 314, 247 and 392.

I took my picture for the digital project on 8th January 2018, on a winter traverse of Crinkle Crags.  It was icy underfoot and there was a strong cold wind, but visibility was excellent.  Other sketches taken on the day were 369, 247 and 181.

AW describes the Crinkle Crags ridge as “Lakeland’s best ridge mile… a fell-walkers delight.  A constantly changing scene, beautiful and dramatic views, fine situations and an interesting course throughout make this a walk to remember”.  Crinkle Crags and Bowfell are both in his list of the six finest fells in Lakeland.