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JMW Turner's Yorkshire

Exploring locations of Turner artworks

One of the greatest landscape painters to have lived and the “painter of light”, JMW Turner visited Yorkshire many times throughout his life inspired by the glorious landscapes.

Turner often used Farnley Hall near Otley as a ase on his trips to Yorkshire staying with his close friend William Fawkes (actually related to the infamous Guy Fawkes!).

From here he would head off into the Yorkshire Dales or North Yorkshire Moors to explore and paint the landscape. We have a number of options for this trip as we cannot hope to cover all the locations he painted in one day.

Turner liked painting the stately homes of Yorkshire and was commissioned to paint a number of views of Harewood House. One option we have would normally start the tour at Harewood before heading to Caley Craggs on Otley Chevin. The Chevin being an inspiration for his Hanibal Crossing the Alps painting.

We will next visit Kirkstall Abbey where Turner painted a number of scenes.

We’ll then head off to the Dales and visit Bolton Abbey  and The Strid just down the valley before heading to Malhamdale and visiting Malham Cove, Goredale Scar.

Another option is for us to head out to the higher Dales to Ingleton and take a walk along the Waterfalls Walk to Thornton force – one of Turner’s favourite locations.

From here we will head to Hawes and the village of Hardraw to see another of Turners favourite waterfalls Hawdraw Force. We can stop for refreshments in the Green Dragon Inn where Turner stayed before visiting Mossdale Falls.

Depending upon time there may be time for a couple more stops on our return.

The days are completely flexible and we can stop when we want and for as long as we choose. Some of the locations do require walks so please let us know if you have any mobility issues before booking this tour.

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