Guest post by: Sharon Walton


Kettlewell is a small village in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire.

It is a walkers paradise with lots of walks starting in the village. The river Wharfe runs to the side of the village with walks on either side. Most of them end up or pass by dog-friendly pubs to quench your thirst after a long day.  For a guide to walks click on the following link:-


Getting to Kettlewell

The best way to get to Kettlewell is by car although there is a limited bus service from Skipton, Grassington and Buckden.


Staying in Kettlewell

In the village, there are 3 pubs that offer accommodation. The vary in prices and are cheaper mid-week and during winter months.

The Racehorses Hotel

The Bluebell Inn

The Kings head

Prices vary from £70 per room per night to £100 per room per night, all include breakfast. You can sometimes find midweek offers on 3 for 2, especially during winter. There is a small shop and a petrol station close by. If the hotel prices are out of your budget range, there is also a campsite available which can be great fun.

Things to do in Kettlewell

If you like horse riding there is a trekking center in nearby Kilnsey, they cater for all abilities, treks, holidays, riding lessons and more.

In Kettlewell every year they hold a Scarecrow Festival where all the households, pubs, shop and petrol station create and display the scarecrows for all the public to see. It is a fab week but can get very busy on the weekend. The Scarecrow festival  is usually held in August.


It is a great day out for all the family. Follow the theme of the trail to take you round this idyllic Yorkshire village. Solve the riddles of the trail to find the mystery word – with prizes to be won every day!



Trail sheets are £1 Along the route you can taste real country baking in the village hall or one of the village cafes – or have a beer…

This is a beautiful, peaceful village with a very slow pace of life, ideal for walking, eating, drinking or just to soak up some beautiful countryside.

If you are planning to discover more of the great places that Yorkshire has to offer, check out our post on Goathland and Bowness on Windermere.