Dob Park Lodge, Washburn Valley

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Dob Park Lodge, Washburn Valley

Dob Park Lodge is an early 17th century lodge on the upper valley side, north of Otley, now in ruins.  Turner completed his watercolour, On the Washburn, under Folly Hall (The British Museum, Wilton number: 538), around 1815.  While a dead tree trunk lying on river bank is the focus of Turner's watercolour, the ruined towers are clearly crowned in the distance.

This is one of a number of watercolours commissioned by Sir William Pilkington, a Yorkshire landowner and amateur artist.  Pilkington was a close friend of Turner's patron Walter Fawkes and Turner began this study with a large detailed pencil sketch from about 1812 when staying with Fawkes.

 

Picnic siteDogs accepted

Turner's Viewpoint

The viewpoint lies on the banks of the Washburn about half a mile due north of Dob Park Lodge, just south of the old farm complex of Folly Hall. 

The exact view is obscured today by tree growth along the banks of the river, but it is possible to obtain a similar view from the rising ground off a public footpath a little north east of the exact viewpoint. 

The best starting point is the west end of Stainburn Forest, north of Otley, where car park facilities are available. Minor roads and footpaths can be followed to reach the spot.

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The Venue

Address:

The Washburn Valley, near Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 2. Co-ordinates, 53.958416,-1.713016

Map reference: SE190513 (Turner's viewpoint)
SE210509 (car park)

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Directions to Dob Park Lodge, Washburn Valley:

Follow the B6451 north of Otley. Just after the minor road on the right (signed to Lindley), a Forestry Commission car park can be accessed on the left.
The viewpoint can only be accessed on foot

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