Leeds is 12 miles away by road.
A small number of homes on the outskirts of the expanded town are in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire.
Otley was granted a market charter by King Henry III back in 1222 and there are still open market days, now on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Market Square. The clock tower in the Market Square was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1888.
The town lies beneath a high wooded ridge, known as The Chevin, along which ran a Roman road between
The town lays claim to having the oldest one-day agricultural show in the country with a history stretching back to 1796. The show is held in mid-May at the showground at Bridge End.
Otley has a number of claims to TV fame. It features as Hotten in the award-winning TV soap Emmerdale. In the 1960s-based TV police series Heartbeat, made between 1992 and 2010, Otley's courthouse was the location for Ashfordly police station, although most other scenes were in the North York Moors where the story was set. Otley has also been a location in the TV crime series DCI Banks.
Otley is close to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Otley is on the Six Dales Way, a 38-mile waymarked trail between Otley and Middleham.
The town is on the River Wharfe.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Otley offers bakery goods, books, clothes, flowers, furnishings, an outdoor market (Tue, Fri, Sat).
The town has a Post Office.
Otley has banks.
Otley has a choice of pubs.
Otley has a selection of places to eat.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
Otley has a museum.
The town has a swimming pool.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, other.
Otley has tourist information.
Bus travelThe town has a bus station.
Road travelOtley can be reached via the A660 A659 B6451 .
Places to visit
Otley Chevin Country Park
The Otley Chevin Country Park is a forested hillside with rocky outcrops offering magnificent views across Otley and the Wharfe Valley, a network of paths to explore, a variety of wildlife and some interesting tree sculptures. The Chevin is an area with strong evidence of hunting in the stone age with thousands of flint arrowheads and knives having been found there. Cup and ring marked rocks dating from the bronze age are scheduled ancient monuments. Two areas of an iron age settlement were discovered in the 1960s and an archaelogical dig in the 1990s found evidence of a hut circle within a rubble enclosure. Much of the forestry in the area was planted in the 1950s and 1960s and it became a local nature reserve in 1989. There are car parks with access to the country park at East Chevin Road and Yorkgate.
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Kirkstall AbbeyAbbey Road, Kirkstall
The ruins of the Cistercian Kirkstall Abbey, dating from 1152, are in public parkland alongside the River Aire at Kirkstall, 3 miles north-west of Leeds city centre.
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Roundhay Park and Tropical WorldPrince's Avenue, Roundhay
Roundhay Park is a popular large park 3 miles north of Leeds city centre, owned by Leeds City Council, with more than 280 hectares of parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens. It also has cafes and is the location of Tropical World, which holds a large collection of tropical plants, birds and reptiles, a butterfly house, aquariums and other animal enclosures, including the ever-popular meerkats.
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Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyExtending across an area of 232 square miles (600 sq km), the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty starts at the edge of
Emergency servicesWest Yorkshire Police
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilOtley Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Metropolitan district councilCity of Leeds
The City of Leeds authority covers an area extending several miles beyond the city itself, including areas of agricutural land with widely spaced villages to the north east and several separate small towns including
Leeds is just one of a ring five metropolitan councils covering the many cities, towns and villages of the conurbation of West Yorkshire. Around one-third of the West Yorkshire population live in the Leeds metropolitan district, just over ¾ million at the time of the 2011 census.
In the City of Leeds metropolitan district a total of 99 councillors are elected. There are three councillors per ward across 33 wards. Councillors are usually elected for four-year terms, one councillor being elected in each of three years out of four. In 2018 all 99 were elected following a ward boundary review. A Lord Mayor of Leeds is elected from the council each year. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Leeds City Council website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
County strategic authorityWest Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
Fire AuthorityWest Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.