Dating back at least to the Domesday Survey of 1086, where the name is
given as Cheteleuuelle, today's Kettlewell is a magnet for walkers and
writers, cyclists and riders, climbers and cavers, anglers and painters
and many more besides. Sitting right on the Dales Way with Great Whernside
ever present, this is prime walking territory. Whatever your level - from
gentle stroller to dedicated fell runner - you'll find just the terrain.
Cyclists made this a favourite pitstop long before 2014's opening stage
of the Tour de France came calling, with everything from challenging
trails to leisurely rides from your doorstep.
And, wherever you go, a warm smile and a welcome to match.
Kettlewell is 6 miles from the picture postcard village of Grassington
and 12 miles from the vibrant market town of Skipton, known as the Gateway
to the Dales. With a busy programme of activities throughout the year
across Upper Wharfedale, there's plenty to keep you occupied.
Here's just a taster of what's going on: inspired by the enormous success
of 2014's Tour de France Grand Départ, May sees the Tour de
Yorkshire (www.letour.yorkshire.com). If you prefer water to dry land, the
Skipton Waterways Festival in the same month is a spectacle to savour for
canal boat lovers everywhere. In June Grassington Festival
(www.grassington-festival.org.uk) celebrates its usual eclectic
mix of music, performance and art. Skipton celebrates its sheep town (hence
the name) history with its annual Sheep Day (www.sheepday.co.uk) in July.
Come August, there's no need to move an inch, as arguably the best Scarecrow
Festival (www.kettlewellscarecrowfestival.co.uk) in the country happens right
here in Kettlewell. Then, as the year draws to a close, the hugely popular
Grassington Dickensian Festival weekends
(www.grassington.uk.com/dickensian-festival) remind us that Christmas is
just around the corner.