Kettlewell is an excellent location for touring by car around the Yorkshire Dales, with many villages and small towns offering refreshments and attractions from museums about dales life through the ages to caves filled with limestone formations or even local crafts and art galleries offering works inspired by the scenery.
Kettlewell is also ideally situated for walking from leisurely strolls along the river banks to fell walking up the valley, several circular routes of varying lengths and difficulty leave the village in all directions. A short car journey away is the 3 peaks for a more serious challenge.
Cyclists can also enjoy the open roads and mountain biking is available on the areas many 'green' roads.
The dramatic countryside is ideal for artists, birdwatchers and lovers of nature
The rivers provide excellent trout fishing, or paddling in the warm weather, for a heated pool or game of squash there is the 'Long Ashes' leisure complex just outside Threshfield.
During the summer months Kettlewell is home to the scarecrow festival, and other villages have fetes and shows where the prized farm animals can be seen in the show ring, and other competitions are held including fell races, sheep dog trials, show jumping, motor bike trials, not forgetting prize vegetables and baking competitions.
The wider area offers many interesting places to visit, the list is almost endless but a sample are given below.
In the Southern Dales of Wharfedale, Airedale and beyond
You can find; Kilnsey where the dramatic crag overshadows the road, across the river is Conistone with it's pony trekking centre. Grassington with its cobbled square, shops, cafes, Folk Museum and National Park visitor centre is also home to the Dickensian Festival in December and Music Festival in June. Following the road from Grassington towards the picturesque village of Burnsall to Parcevall Hall Gardens. Bolton Abbey is the next site on the way, Yorkshire estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with it's famous 12th Century Priory, Strid Wood Nature Trail with full wheelchair and pushchair access leading to the infamous Strid river crossing. Further through Bolton Abbey is the Bolton Abbey Station for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway often visited by Thomas the Tank Engine amongst others. Leaving Wharfedale for Airedale is a traditional market town of Skipton with markets held on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday you can also visit the Medieval Castle, the Craven Museum and take a narrow boat trip along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.A few miles to the East of Skipton is Ilkley with the Cow and Calf rocks on the moor over looking the town and White Wells spa but don't go onto Ilkley moor ba' tat. Leeds and Bradford are easily reached from here with the Royal Armouries and Tetley's brewery in Leeds and Salt's Mill and the National Museum of Film and Photography being excellent day trips.
In the Eastern Dale of Nidderdale
Making your way to the east towards Stump Cross Caverns visitor centre with the extraordinary formations of stalagmites and stalactites are always worth seeing. On to the Small Country Town "Britain in Bloom" 2000 winner Pateley Bridge & Bewerley, home to the Nidderdale Museum. For some healing waters, or just a browse around the shops Harrogate, the well known spa town, is a great place to visit, it has many designer shops, cafes, parks and gardens including Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens. On towards the small Cathedral and Market City of Ripon is the 12th century Cistercian Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal water garden and, for a fun day out for the kids, Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Close by is Ripley with it's Castle, Gardens, walks and deer park not forgetting to call into the ice cream shop and speciality cheese shop, Newby Hall & Gardens to see a beautiful House and Gardens including the Children's Adventure Garden. Further on is York with it's rich Viking and Roman history, the Shambles street amazing restored Minster and National Railway Museum makes a fascinating day out.
In the Northern Dales
To the Northern Dales of Wensleydale, Coverdale, Bishopdale, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Lower Teesdale are Hawes home to the Wensleydale creamery much loved by Wallace and Gromit, a traditional ropemaker, Dales Countryside Museum and spectacular Hardraw Force, through Herriot Country onto Aysgarth with it's falls, the medieval Castle Bolton where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive and along Wensleydale to the market town of Leyburn with the Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop, Beechend Model Village, the Teapottery, the Violin Making Workshop and visitor centre and White Rose Candles Workshop among it's many attractions dropping in on Jervaulx Abbey before calling into the Black Sheep and Theakstons breweries at Masham. For the children a trip to the unusual forbidden corner in Middleham is not to be missed.
In the Western Dales
To the Western Dales of Littondale, Malhamdale, Ribblesdale, Lune Valley, Dent Dale and beyond to the Lake District you will find the village of Malham with it's Tarn, visitor centre and dramatic Cove, the small market town of Settle starting point of the railway to Carlisle over the Ribblehead viaduct, calling in to the Yorkshire Dales Falconry & Conservation Centre before moving on to Ingleton via White Scar caves and to the famous devil's Bridge, beyond is Kendal home of Kendal Mint Cake, so within an easy couple of hours touring you're in the Lake District.