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Events > 2012

New View Indicator on Orrest Head unveiled
28th July 2012

In a joint venture with Windermere Town Council, a new View Indicator was unveiled on Orrest Head by Kathleen Atkinson, Deputy Mayor of the Council and Jane King & Annie Sellar, Presidents of The Wainwright Society.

The ceremony took place on Saturday 28 July attended by a group of over 30 Society members and representatives of the Town Council.

The View Indicator replaces an earlier viewfinder, which was damaged by vandals. In fact, there have been at least three view indicators on Orrest Head. This one has been manufactured from slate quarried from the Bursting Stone Quarry, Coniston by Gordon Greaves of Troutbeck.

The design is based on Wainwright’s view from Orrest Head, drawn in his Outlying Fells of Lakeland, and shows the principal fells from Coniston Old Man in the west to Red Screes in the north. It was this view that was Alfred Wainwright’s first sight of Lakeland in 1930; a view that AW loved and inspired him to explore and write about the Lakeland fells.

During the ceremony, Peter Linney, Secretary of the Society, spoke about the collaboration between the Town Council and the Society to bring the project to a successful conclusion. Kathleen Atkinson, in her turn thanked the Society for its part in restoring the View Indicator to its rightful place and, finally, Jane King, daughter of Betty Wainwright, recounted how her mother had brought both her and Annie up to Orrest Head on regular occasions when they were children and they both grew to love the view and the fells of Lakeland.

Derek Cockell - Press & Publicity Officer