The picturesque market town of Otley is in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale and is the ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.
Otley’s busy street market runs three times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and there is also a highly successful Farmers’ Market which is held on the last Sunday of every month. This, together with the wide range of specialist shops, makes Otley a thriving shopping destination.
A walking weekend in Otley will not disappoint. There are many walking routes to help you discover the spectacular scenery of Chevin Forest Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s even an annual Walking Festival held in June. Along the River Wharfe, which runs through the heart of the town, is the attractive Riverside Park which offers beautiful walks.
Otley is excellent for cyclists too and this year, Otley hosts the depart of the hugely popular Tour de Yorkshire.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time to enjoy the fantastic food and drink offering in Otley. From restaurants and award-winning fish & chips shops, to tea rooms and cafes, there’s something to suit all tastes. Be sure to visit the many traditional pubs and inns too.
Otley is situated on the A660 and just off the A65 in the centre of the countryside between Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate.
The X84 is a regular bus service from Leeds City Centre to Otley.
A shuttle bus connects Otley with Menston Station for trains to Bradford and Leeds, which connects with the national rail mainline network.
This year’s Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival runs on the 16th - 18th September, it’s their 25th festival! It is a festival with something for everyone, street entertainment, concerts, music sessions abound.
Camping is available at the campsite on the Pool Road just outside Otley.
Artists appearing at this year’s festival include Vin Garbutt, The Churchfitters, De Temps Antan, Les Barker, Grannies Attic plus a host of our regular favourites. Find out more at www.otleyfolkfestival.com