Sutton Bank

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Opening Times:

Visitor Centre:
Apr-Oct daily, 10am-5pm (to 6pm in Aug);
Nov, Dec and Mar daily, 11am-4pm;
Jan-Feb weekends, 11am-4pm

Bench and panel can be accessed all year round.

NB: dogs are not allowed into the Visitor Centre



Venue contact details:

T: 01845 597426
E: [email protected]

Sutton Bank

Sometime between about 1816 and 1818, Turner made a short tour to Rievaulx Abbey and Scarborough from Farnley Hall near Otley, the Yorkshire home of his friend, Walter Fawkes.  On the way he visited Sutton Bank, where the Thirsk to Helmsley road climbs a steep 140m ascent up the western crags of the Hambleton Hills and the summit is one of the most celebrated viewpoints in Yorkshire, commanding the whole of the central plains towards the Pennines.

His sketches of this area have only very recently been identified as Sutton Bank as part of a comprehensive cataloguing of Turner's Yorkshire sketches for the Tate by Professor David Hill of the University of Leeds.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner made six double-page sketches at Sutton Bank, panning round on successive pages to record views from Roulston Scar and Hood Hill towards the south to Gormire Lake and Whitestone Cliff towards the north (see from Hambleton, with Moor and Pool [Turner] in Distance, 'Yorkshire 6' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLIX 289a to Road over Moors, 'Yorkshire 6' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLIX 295).

On the evidence of these sketches, Turner was planning an important treatment of the subject, but he does not appear to have completed any finished version of the Sutton Bank panorama.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench and panel are located at Turner's viewpoint on the Cleveland Way National Trail, about 400 metres south of the Sutton Bank National Park Visitor Centre.

The Venue


Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

Map reference: SE517826

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Directions to Sutton Bank:

Follow the A170 Thirsk-Helmsley road to the top of Sutton Bank. The Visitor Centre is clearly signposted just off the A170