Kettlewell

Kettlewell, bridge and Bluebell Inn
Bridge at Kettlewell

Kettlewell, in Upper Wharfedale, is one of the most charming villages in the Yorkshire Dales. It featured as 'Knapely' in the film Calendar Girls. The population is about 320 (including Starbotton; 2017 estimate from City Population).

The name Kettlewell is thought to originate from the Anglo-Saxon Chetelewelle, meaning bubbling spring or stream (Wikipedia). Kettlewell Beck runs through the village, before flowing into the Wharfe just to the west.

Church in Kettlewell
Church in Kettlewell

A market was established in Kettlewell in the 1200s. From 1700 to 1880, there was lead mining, and a smelting mill here. More recently, the village has made its living from agriculture (with Swaledale sheep kept in this area) and tourism. Kettlewell is on the route of the Dales Way, and sits below Great Whernside.

There are some historic houses in the village, dating from the 1600s and 1700s. The church was built in 1820. Kettlewell is well-supplied with pubs - there are three: the Racehorses, the Blue Bell, and the King's Head. There's also a Youth Hostel, which incorporates the Post Office. 

Kettlewell hosts a popular scarecrow festival in August each year.

Blackbird in Kettlewell
Blackbird in Kettlewell