Dove Scar

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Dove Scar

Turner visited West Burton on 28 July 1816 when collecting sketches for illustrating 'A General History of the County of York' by Thomas Dunham Whitaker.  He first sketched the waterfalls in the village of West Burton before exploring Dove Scar, the limestone escarpment further afield.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner took the old lane past Flanders Hall in West Burton and climbed quite steeply for about a mile until reaching the junction with the lane from West Witton at the edge of a huge limestone escarpment. The summit here offers a grandstand view of one of the finest and widest panoramas of all Wensleydale.

Turner took out his sketchbook and recorded the view all the way round from the vale of West Burton to the left, over Aysgarth in the middle distance to upper Wensleydale beyond, round to nearly to West Witton (Upper Wensleydale from above West Burton 'Yorkshire 4' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLVII 10). He obviously thought that the effort of walking up to this viewpoint was well worthwhile.

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Aysgarth Falls and West Burton Falls Trail

Download our walking trail and explore Dove Scar, as well as Aysgarth and West Burton waterfalls that Turner sketched on this 6 mile moderate trail.

The Venue


Dove Scar, near West Burton, North Yorkshire, DL8 4. Co-ordinates, 54.285736,-1.956697

Map reference: SE029878

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Directions to Dove Scar:

Leave the A684 Leyburn-Hawes road at the turning for the B6160/Ellers Lane to West Burton.

Dove Scar can be viewed about one mile down Morpeth Gate, an unclassified track running to the NE of West Burton.

This track is not suitable for cars and can only be accessed on foot.