Packhorse Bridge overlooking Derwentwater


Frame Size: 21¼” (537mm) x 17⅛” (435mm)
Painting Size: 15⅛” (384mm) x 10⅜” (264mm)

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Packhorse Bridge overlooking Derwentwater, Cumbria.

I can remember visiting this area many years ago. When I stood on this small, narrow bridge, known as Ashness Bridge, with its walls only as high as my knee, it did feel a little precarious. At the time, I did not fully appreciate the thinking behind its construction. I realised later, a packhorse bridge with higher walls is not an option. Their narrowness would mean the laden horses would wedge their packs between them! The photograph I used for reference, taken in early spring, gave the opportunity of painting Derwentwater and the mountains, without being hidden behind the foliage of the line of trees. More great views of this pictureque area are on the Keswick Launch Company website

My inspiration was taken from a painting by Geoff Kelsey