National Geographic : 1956 Apr
Sheep Wander "Like Sleep-walkers" above Watendlath Tarn, Walpole's "Other End of the World" In Judith Paris and The Fortress, Hugh Walpole chronicles the story of Judith Herries, who experi enced her happiest days in this serene valley. Forced to live away from Watendlath, Judith remembered it with aching longing. "The little valley ... the long green field... the round scoop of the Tarn, black or silver or blue, the amphitheatre of the hills, the sheep nosing at the turf...." Walpole selected the house at center as a home for his heroine: An "odd dumpy shape.., a queer little place indeed, crouched into the soil as though it feared a blow." These Herdwick sheep yield coarse wool for car pets and lanolin for cosmetics. Some people claim the breed originated with animals transported in the Spanish Armada. Others say Norsemen introduced them. "Little stone walls" that run "into the edge of the sky" set the grazing plots apart. Judith's beloved mountains stand out on the hori zon: Glaramara (left), cloud-capped Great Gable, Brandreth, and Grey Knotts. © National Geographic Society 535 - "Most Lovely of All, the Eternal Running Streams... So Friendly" Page 534: A timeless stone bridge crosses Watendlath Beck, long a rendezvous of children and ducks. Downstream the water tum bles into a circular basin known as the Devil's Punchbowl. "An odd spot of turmoil above the quiet silence of the long meadow," wrote Walpole. -+Under the oak beams of her 15th-century kitchen, Mrs. Wil liam Tyson makes cakes for vis itors to Judith Herries's old home (upper). Walpole in cluded the Tyson forebears in his historical novels. Carriage lanterns hang above the fireplace. Painting includes the bridge and beck scene on the opposite page.