Welcome to Otley
Welcome to Otley, the friendly down-to-earth market town that bridges cosmopolitan Leeds and the picturesque Yorkshire Dales.
Take a wander around our cobbled streets and browse our independent shops selling antiques, unique gifts, art and jewellery.
Visit our busy street market, some 800 years old, which runs three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. or the town Farmers’ Market which is held on the last Sunday of every month.
Wash down award-winning pork pies from our excellent butchers with real ale in historic pubs that pre-date the English Civil War.
Discover the town’s rich history, home of the country’s first interior designer Thomas Chippendale, the Wharfedale Press that revolutionised the printing industry, and quarries that helped build the very foundations of our democracy at the Palace of Westminster.
Hike to the top of Otley Chevin for breathtaking views over Lower Wharfedale, bring your bike and cycle in the tracks of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire, or walk your dog through scenic woods.
Picnic in landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Wharfe, see salmon leap over the weir, search for otter swimming upstream and marvel as Daubenton’s bats skim the surface in search of insects on a summer’s eve.
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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.
Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival, it’s their 26th 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