Film ID:
YFA 1812

PATTERDALE AND HELVELLYN

1930s

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is one of many travelogue films made by amateur filmmaker Laurie Wright. Using intertitles, the films shows many of the interesting sights of Patterdale & Hellvelyn at a time before mass tourism.

Title - An Argoth Production
Intertitle - Lakeland the walkers paradise

A rambler in shorts walks across a moor away from the camera.

Title - Ullswater

The lake is shown from a distance.

Intertitle - Glenridding, one of Lakeland's many glorious valleys.

The valley and lake are shown, and some houses near a river.

Intertitle - Eagle Farm

The farm is shown, and a man stands next to some other farm buildings.

Intertitle - Massive chimneys are a local feature and are built of very small stones.

Examples of the large chimneys are shown on the rooftops of houses. A farmer leads some cattle out of a cow shed with his dog.

Intertitle - Grisdale, awe-inspiring valley among the high fells.

Grisdale Valley is shown, with the fast running river going through it, interspersed with rocks.

Intertitle - Even wet days have their compensations - becks and waterfalls becoming magnificent raging torrents.

There is a view over one of the large lakes. A lorry carrying 'Express Dairy' from Appleby passes through a village. There is a raging river.

Intertitle - Aira Beck comes tumbling down to its mighty leap over Aira Force waterfall.

The waterfall is filmed from above and below.

Intertitle - Looking down from the bridge at the top of the force.

The waterfall is filmed again from the top and side. Further along the river there is a bridge. There is a road sign for 'Helvellyn', followed by a muddy path.

Intertitle - From 1100 feet a view is obtained of Dollywagon Pike.

There is a view down onto the Pike.

Intertitle - From 1600 feet Grisedale Pass opens up to view.

The Pass is filmed from high up and from ground level.

Intertitle - At 2300 feet, first sight of the massive Helvellyn Group.

Mountains are seen in the distance.

Intertitle - Striding Edge. It's (sic) knife-like ridge particularly dangerous on a windy day.

There is a view along the long edge from various positions. A rambler walks along the edge.

Intertitle - One false step and . . .

The rambler continues on his walk.

Intertitle - . . . . It's a sheer drop into Red Tarn 400 feet below.

The rambler continues on his walk, and the camera shows the drop into the water below.

Intertitle - An even worse fall is over the other side into Grisedale 1000ft below.

The camera shows the drop on the other side as the rambler continues walking along the ridge. A man emerges from a stone shelter.

Intertitle - Having scrambled along Striding Edge we can safely look back on our tracks.

The Edge is now shown from the other side.

Intertitle - Striding Edge Red Tarn and Swirral Edge from top of Helvellyn (13118ft.).

The two edges are shown from above.

Intertitle - Ullswater is clearly seen 2642 ft. below, over Swirral Edge and Cat-sry-cam [Catstycam].

Again Swirral Edge is shown, and two walkers sit down to consult their map. There is a plaque, protected by a pile of stones. The camera shows the writing (difficult to read), and then the surrounding panoramic view.