Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District today, the first of my Wainwright walks. I’ve set myself the challenge of walking all the wainwright mountains before I am 60. Son that gives me over 10 years and even I should be able to manage that!

Drove up the M6 on my own and parked near Loughrigg Tarn. Ascended by the back of the Tarn directly up to the summit. On the way I sketched Wetherlam and Swirl Howe, still basking in late summer sun.

The summit was packed with walkers (this was a Saturday) so I avoided it and started a walk around the broad and disparate mini-summits nearby.

I enjoyed the views around Rydal Water and followed Loughrigg terrace with its views of Helm Crag, Ullscarf and Dunmail Raise.

Finally, exhausted, I plonked myself down by Loughrigg Tarn and sketch the bathers enjoying the cold water with their loud screams and whoops of delight.

I’m planning a series of paintings based on inspiration from the lake district so hopefully my photos and sketches will provide the basis of larger works.

Here’s the sketch of the tarn. A lovely memory of a glorious autumn day.

Loughrigg Tarn Painting by Lake District artist David Pott

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