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Otley, or Othelia as named in the Doomsday Book of 1086, is located at the foot of The Chevin and beside the River Wharfe in an area known as Lower Wharfedale.

The town has a number of famous historical connections such as being the birthplace of cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale. His statue stands next to The Old Grammar School which is now a public art gallery.

Renowned artist, James Turner, visited the town after he was commissioned to paint in the area. He began to make return visits and befriended Walter Ramsden Fawkes, a descendent of Guy Fawkes, whose family owned Farnley Hall located just 2 miles out of Otley.

The town is now better known for its many public houses, of which there were as many as 23 at one time. One of the oldest pubs is the Black Bull situated in the Market Square, well known for hosting Oliver Crombwell’s troops the night before the battle of Marston Moor.

The market town is also a hub for all types of events that attract 1,000’s of visitors throughout the year. These include the historic agricultural Otley Show in May, the famous Cycle Race in July, the traditional Folk Music Festival in September and the festive Victorian Christmas Fayre in December to name just a few.  

Otley is an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town. This is celebrated every year with the Otley Walking Festival in June.