Kettlewell holiday cottages offer visitors the chance to experience life in a traditional Yorkshire farming community. This pretty stone-built village lies in Upper Wharfedale, six miles north of Grassington. A series of gentle streams meet to form Kettlewell Beck, which meanders through the village before meeting the River Wharfe. You can’t walk far without coming across one of the many old bridges across the water. Kettlewell is scattered with family-run businesses, including an outdoor shop and a grocery with a remarkable interactive model village in its basement. There are also three pubs, where a pint of Yorkshire ale can be savoured in front of a roaring fire: The Racehorses, the Blue Bell and the King’s Head. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Kettlewell and you’ll notice a number of striking 17th and 18th century buildings, including the vicarage and St Mary’s Church. If you’re after fresh, local produce or a good evening meal, head to the neighbouring market town of Grassington, home to a number of renowned cafes and restaurants.
Self-catering holidays in Kettlewell are a great choice if you want to immerse yourself in the traditions of the dales. If you’re in the village in August, you won’t miss the scarecrow festival, when the streets are filled with scarecrows dressed as a variety of weird and wonderful characters.
Being in the Yorkshire Dales, the countryside surrounding Kettlewell is remote and rugged, with countless paths meandering past farmland, drystone dykes and pretty villages which barely seem to have changed in recent decades. The farmland near the village is famous for its Swaledale sheep, while the ancient woods nearby are home to deer and rare birds. The Dales Way passes through Kettlewell, which is also a good place to start a trek to the summit of Buckden Pike or Great Whernside. If you fancy a day trip, the lively city of Leeds is just over an hour’s drive southward, with excellent shopping, museums, galleries and a lively nightlife.