The University of York Outdoor Society

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Lying in the centre of the Yorkshire Dales is Kettlewell, a popular village with the potholers, climbers and walkers who often congregate here. The village was also used as the setting for the Calendar Girls film. Long walks are likely to incorporate either Buckden Pike or Great Whernside, both of which are sure to provide great views through Wharfdale.

One resident professor said this about the village one hundred years ago:

"The charm of Kettlewell is an abiding charm, and to those of us whose life is spent amid the hurley-burley of city life, the village seems the peculiar abode of peace and quiet beauty; its limestone terraces, with their fringes of hazel and rowan coppices give to the district a characteristic beauty. But the special glory of Kettlewell is not that of colour, but of line. Situated at the junction of the main valley of the Wharfe with side valley, which descend from the Coverhead Pass, Kettlewell is the converging point of many contour lines, and to the eye which delights in the flow and ripple of sky line there is a beauty in Kettlewell which is all its own."

A view around Kettlewell