Boston Spa is an attractive village on the banks of the River Wharfe, 3 miles to the south of Wetherby. It has been called "the little Cheltenham of Yorkshire".
Boston was established as a spa in 1744, following the discovery of magnesian, limestone and sulphur springs here, and at that time it was known as Thorp Spa. Its popularity as a spa, however, declined as Harrogate's popularity grew. Many of its attractive creamy-coloured stone houses and inns, however, remain.
A single track bridge over the Wharfe, built around 1770 using local limestone links Boston Spa to the neighbouring village of Thorp Arch. A public footpath runs alongside the river all the way through the village.OS grid reference SE 431 455
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