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Farmers' Market -   Sunday 24th June 2007 from 9AM to 1PM .
Fresh and organic produce will be on sale.
For further information contact Geoff Johnson, Market Manager at the Town Partnership office, Otley Courthouse on 01943 851204

Otley Town Partnership the updated Otley Tourist leaflet is now available and can be obtained from the new Library, the Civic Centre, the Otley Courthouse and some shops across the town. The new leaflet emphasises the Otley Courthouse Arts Centre, the location of the new library and tourist information centre and attractions of shopping in Otley.

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Hollybush Healthy Walking Project in Kirkstall, Leeds are organising a series of walking events in Otley over the coming year. The next walk we have planned is on Friday 22nd June and will be a 1 1/2 hour easy stroll www.sex-sites.co.uk around riverside park and the town centre. If people would like to come along we are meeting outside Otley Police Station on www.sex-dates.co.uk Bridge Street at 10.30am. The walk is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and there will be a lunch break so bring your sandwiches! To find out more email [email protected]

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Welcome to Otley                  

Otley in West Yorkshire is situated in the beautiful and undisturbed countryside of Lower Wharfedale yet is only ten miles from the dynamic city of Leeds. Steeped in history, Otley lies on the boundary between North and West Yorkshire and has much to interest the visitor.

The attractive mix of new and traditional businesses makes for a strong community spirit, good shopping and a thriving local economy with both industrial and agricultural strengths.
Otley has a well supported Chamber of Trade, a street market three times a week, a monthly Farmers’ Market, a wide range of specialist shops, award winning bakeries and butchers as well as high street chains, two supermarkets and a District Hospital. The high number of independently owned businesses pride themselves on their expertise, personal service and value for money.

The many traditional pubs and inns offer good food and a range of beers in attractive and welcoming premises. The television programmes of Emmerdale and Heartbeat have made Otley nationally known and Thomas Chippendale, the world famous furniture maker was born and learnt his craft here.

Local events are well supported and include Otley in Bloom, a Victorian Fayre in December, a weekend Folk Festival, Beer Festival, Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza, Otley Carnival and Otley Show.

Along the River Wharfe, which runs through the heart of the town, is the attractive Riverside Park which offers beautiful walks, playgrounds and boating; whilst the wooded hillside, rocks and moor land of Chevin Forest Park are ideal for climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, running and orienteering and, of course, the River Wharfe and Knotford Nook are renowned for their fishing.

HIstory highlights
Otley dates from before Roman times, the first church being built there in the early 7th century. In the church there are the remains of two Early Anglo-Saxon crosses.

  • Thomas Chippendale, the elder (June 5 1718 - November 1779) the famous furniture maker, was born in Otley, and his statue stands in the town, next to the old grammar school.
  • J.M.W. Turner visited Otley in 1797, aged 22, when commissioned to paint watercolours of the area.
  • The Wharfedale Printing Machine was developed in Otley by William Dawson and William Payne. An early example can be seen in Otley Museum.
  • Famous Methodist preacher John Wesley visited regularly.
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