Local Area Information

Kettlewell Village lies in the Dales National Park on the banks of the Upper River Wharfe and at the foot of Great Whernside.

The author J.B. Priestley, after climbing to get a bird’s-eye view of the village, wrote :

The river Wharfe rushes and tumbles through a patchwork of hay meadows, dry stone walls and field barns and passes welcoming old stone villages’.

He would find little changed today, with a warm welcome for visitors to the village and the surrounding countryside walks providing splendid views throughout the changing seasons.  (See walks sub menu.)

In addition to great walks the area has many other attractions worth visiting.   Kettlewell boasts its own Scarecrow Festival each August attracting people from far and wide, as does  the agricultural Kilnsey Show.  The local village of Grassington is famous for its Music and Art  Festival in June and Dickensian weekends towards Christmas.

Kettlewell is ideally placed for visiting the market towns of Skipton and Hawes and there are many places to eat and drink within both walking distance and further afield.



There are many varied walks from Kettlewell, from a gentle amble to more strenuous high level climbs. Some websites to try are;



 We also have an information file at the cottage showing other local walks.


Things to do


Walking isn't all Wharfedale has to offer, there are plenty of other things to do and places to visit.

How about fishing at Kilnsey Park. trout farm, which has a cafe, play area,  farm shop and a short Kilnsey Trail through a farm for the children?

Riding at Kilnsey Riding. stables offering a variety of horse riding for beginners and experts in the beautiful countryside.

Golfing? Skipton Golf Club http://www.skiptongolfclub.co.uk/visitors.html offers day rates for visitors

Swimming or just pampering yourself? http://www.longashespark.co.uk/leisure-club

You could visit the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre at Hawes,  enjoy a day out in Skipton with its castle, market and canal cruises or travel on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.

We have so many information leaflets at the cottage that you'll be spoilt for choice.

But best of all, whatever you do, just relax, unwind and enjoy yourselves at Wharfedale Cottage!