Riverside Tranquility

Many well marked paths meander in and around Kettlewell enabling you to explore on foot or on a bike. Many of them are located right next to the river. The limestone terracing is an attractive feature that draws people to the area. The river provides plenty of great fishing. The village was used as the location for the critically acclaimed movie Calendar Girls.

Picture of the village of Kettlewell nestling in the valley bottom of Wharfedale

Kettlewell was once a prosperous industrial area for cotton and lead, from the 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Today it is a tranquil tourist attraction. If you enjoy shopping, Kettlewell is the place to be. Many wonderful shops line the streets of the village. You can purchase fresh baked goods, teas, clothing, and souvenirs in these shops. You'll find unique gifts here for yourself and for others. A great deal of handcrafted jewellery is sold in the marketplace.

Picture of the pretty church of Kettlewell

A walk around this beautiful hamlet could be as energetic and bracing as a brisk jaunt over the fells - or as gentle and relaxing as a stroll along the banks of the River Wharfe. What would your choice be? Perhaps a cycle ride would fit in more with your mood? Certainly the paths and country lanes around here lend themselves very well to either.

To venture further afield would call for either a private or hire car to let you take your own route, in your own time. Or maybe a taxi tour would be more relaxing and your driver will probably tell you a little about the sights you see along the way. Service buses ply their trade between the dales towns and villages and are surely a colourful way of mingling with the locals

If you choose to visit in August, you may be lucky enough to be caught up in the annual Scarecrow Festival. This is a nine day event, around the middle of the month, that features children and their families creating unique scarecrows. Their festival is full of fun activities including scarecrow making contests, great food, dancing, entertainment and more. The festival is in celebration of their rich land for farming purposes.

Picture of the bridge in Kettlewell by the Racehorse Inn and the Blue Bell Inn

Kettlewell offers great accommodations and great food options. The Blue Bell Inn is the oldest place of lodging in the area, dating back to 1680. There are only a handful of hotels and Inns in the area as well as a few bed & breakfast locations. However, it is only a few miles from other towns, so you can stay close by and still come into the village and enjoy its attractions.

Kettlewell is a very small village, but it has a great deal to offer those coming to explore the area. The village is smaller than other surrounding villages, offering you a quieter place to explore the attractions and relax in the great outdoors.

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