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Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes


Discover the views that inspired England’s greatest landscape painter, JMW Turner.

Beautiful landscape immortalised in Turner's paintings

Stroll around the glassy lake where the artist regularly fished, take in the view revealed in his painting ‘Dewy Morning’ and look out for the flaming yellow and orange foliage of acres, as well as vibrant red oaks and the red purple canopy of island-based liquid amber.

Fighting Bucks, JWM Turner, 1829
Fighting Bucks, JWM Turner, 1829 Tate London


Map route for Petworth Park... through Turner's eyes walk
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Petworth House car park, grid ref: SU974224


To start the trail turn right as you enter the Pleasure Ground and follow the path through the gate to the Park, past the kennels (on your right) and towards Lower Pond.


After an early morning sketch Turner would go fishing at Lower Pond. While the 3rd Earl of Egremont was used to this daily routine, it landed him in trouble at Tabley House in Cheshire. When commissioned by Sir John Leicester in 1809 for an oil painting of the lake there, he would often be found fishing mid-morning instead, and when pressed he responded that the sketch had already been completed! The finished painting was bought by the 3rd Earl on the death of Sir John, and can be found in the North Gallery in the House. You will still often find fishermen at Lower Pond where there are healthy pike, tench and carp populations.

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From the top end of Lower Pond any of the three paths towards Arbour Hill will lead you to Upper Pond. Follow the path to the right of Upper Pond, and stop shortly after the gate. You should have the two spring-fed Stew Ponds ahead of you and a lumpy grass hill on your right. Look across Upper Pond towards the House to see the scene from Turner’s oil painting entitled ‘Dewy Morning’, one of a set of four exhibited in the White Library in the House - this room is open occasionally to visitors, by kind permission of Lord and Lady Egremont. The paintings took over four years to complete due to Turner testing different subjects and compositions.

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Walk across Mansion Lawn until you are roughly half way between Upper Pond and the House, and then turn around to look back across the lake - this was the inspiration for ‘Sunset, Fighting Bucks’, which is currently located in the Carved Room in the House. If you visit us in late September or October the deer are often seen rutting very close to the House.

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Fighting Bucks, JWM Turner, 1829
Fighting Bucks, JWM Turner, 1829 Tate London


Petworth House is home to many more Turner oil paintings - 13 in the North Gallery, four in the Carved Room and two in the Red Room. From Mansion Lawn take the gate to the left of the House through to the Pleasure Grounds. Take a right turn to visit the House or a left turn to return to the visitor centre and car park.


Petworth House car park, grid ref: SU974224

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Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes


Undulating parkland terrain over stony trails and on grass, including one steep incline.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control, as deer graze in the park. No dog bins, so please take any dog litter home.

Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes

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Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes

How to get here

Petworth Park, West Sussex GU28 0AE
By train

Pulborough 6 miles (9.6km).

By road

Both house and park car parks located on A283; follow signs from centre of Petworth (A272/A283) - parking fee applies for non-National Trust members.

By foot

Pedestrian access from Petworth town and A272.

By bus

Worthing to Midhurst (no. 1 bus) passes Pulborough train station. Horsham to Petworth (no. 75 bus, passing Horsham train station) and Midhurst to Petworth (no. 1 bus).

Petworth Park...through Turner’s eyes

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept under close control, as deer graze in the park
  • Parking available at the start location, £3.00 for non members, National Trust members park for free
  • Toilets are located at start and end of the trail in the main car park
  • Admission charges apply to non-members to access the National Trust café, shop and restaurant