Kettlewell is an attractive village in Upper Wharfedale, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The village nestles at the feet of Great Whernside, and Buckden Pike, and is where the Park Gill Beck merges with the River Wharfe. It was once a centre of the lead mining industry but now its prosperity is based on agriculture and tourism.

Kettlewell has an hotel - the Racehorses and two inns - the Blue Bell and the King's Head - as well as numerous guesthouses and holiday cottages, a Youth Hostel and the Village Store. There are good examples of both 17th and 18th century houses here, including the vicarage. The church, however, is late Victorian.

In August the village hosts an annual scarecrow festival which sees a variety of scarecrows placed around the village and which attracts thousands of visitors.

Kettlewell was used as the main location for the film Calendar Girls, starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Annette Crosbie.

Scargill House, a Christian conference centre, is less than a mile from the centre of the village.

OS grid reference SD 975 725

Useful and informative links

Kettlewell photographs from Geograph
Welcome to Kettlewell
Wikipedia article on Kettlewell

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