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Local Attractions

Otley is situated in the agricultural countryside of Lower Wharfedale in a rural triangle between vibrant Leeds, elegant Harrogate and cosmopolitan Bradford. Leeds Bradford Airport is handily situated ten minutes drive away.

Much of the town centre is eighteenth or nineteenth century and has Conservation Area status, the attractive mix of new and traditional businesses making for a strong community spirit, good shopping and the many traditional pubs and inns offer good food and traditional beers in attractive and welcoming premises.

Highly photogenic, the television programmes of Emmerdale (where Otley becomes Hotten),The Chase and Heartbeat have made Otley widely known. Indeed Dowgill House itself featured on The One Show in 2009 and several of Otley's speciality shops have welcomed the cameras such as Great British Menu, Hairy Bikers and All Over The Shop. Thomas Chippendale, the world famous furniture maker was born and learnt his craft here.

Always a bustling market town, Otley boasts many regular attractions in addition to the traditional outdoor pursuits that make Wharfedale popular with anglers (the renowned River Wharfe and Knotford Nook recommended), cyclists (we have secure bike storage) and Walkers are Welcome. Riverside Park offers beautiful walks, playgrounds and childrens amusements whilst the wooded hillside, rocks and moorland of Chevin Forest Park are ideal for climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, running and walking. For more details please visit VisitOtley.co.uk