Whitcliffe Scar from Round Howe, Richmond

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Whitcliffe Scar from Round Howe, Richmond

Richmond was a key site for Turner and in 1816, he took himself off to find a distant view from the west and found a vantage point on the old track towards Whitcliffe Scar about a mile west of the town. 

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Turner's Viewpoint

From the track towards Whitcliffe Scar, Turner could look over the castle and town to the wide sweep of the North Yorkshire plains all the way to the escarpment of the North York Moors, and he set all this down in a detailed sketch, which he turned into a finished watercolour (Richmond, Yorkshire circa 1826-8, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Wilton number: 808).

The National Trust's woodland at Round Howe is just outside Richmond. It is a lovely riverside area with nature trails. Footpaths leading north west from Round Howe (across the A6108) lead up to the track towards Whitcliffe Scar, with views looking back to Richmond.

Discover The Landscape

Richmond Audio Tour

Follow in the footsteps of one of England's greatest artists to explore the routes that JMW Turner took around Richmond, including the paths out to Whitcliffe Scar, with our Turner Trails audio tours, which will work with any mp3 player or iPod, as well as mobile phones and PDAs that can play mp3 audio.

You can also visit the Turner Trails panel, which is located in Trinity Church Square in the middle of Richmond.

The Venue


Round Howe, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4TW

Map reference: NZ157009 (Round Howe picnic site)
NZ154016 (Turner's viewpoint)

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Directions to Whitcliffe Scar from Round Howe, Richmond:

5 miles SW of the A1 at Scotch Corner. Follow the A6108 through Richmond (heading towards Reeth). The picnic area is clearly signposted off this road