New for this summer, visitors to Otley can enjoy four updated walking trails taking in some of the key sites around the historic West Yorkshire market town.

The trails, available in a number of different digital and accessible versions, are themed by interest, with offerings including a Family Riverside Walk, a Unique Shopping Trail and a History & Heritage trail. The three are complemented by a Best of Otley itinerary including highlights from the other three trails.

In detail, the four trails are:

History & Heritage: History buffs will love this time-travelling tour around Otley milestones, from Otley Chevin’s creation by Ice Age glaciers, to the birth of famed cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, and the erection of the Navvies Memorial which commemorates all those who died in the building of the country’s railways.

Unique Shopping: Unlike many other towns, Otley’s high street and historic market is almost free from national chain stores. Visitors looking to shop until they drop can discover old favourites such as pre-loved designer clothes store Jenni’s Dresser and all-natural Bondgate Bakery, as well as popular newcomers including zero-waste shop Like Nana Did and independent bookshop The Bookshop on the Square.

Family Riverside Trail: Otley lies along the River Wharfe – the slowest flowing river in the Yorkshire Dales – and this circular trail takes visitors on a journey of discovery along the river’s banks allowing them to learn all about the flora, fauna and sights in Wharfemeadows Park and the Gallows Hill Nature Area.

Best of Otley: From the Chevin to the River Wharfe, and Otley’s iconic Jubilee Clock to its specialist shops, this trail offers time-pressed visitors a walk around the town’s key sights.

With Otley having declared a climate emergency in 2019 and the town mindful of its environmental commitments, the new versions of the four trails are no longer available in paper form but can be accessed in several digital formats, including accessible versions on the Visit Otley website and mobile-friendly PDFs, as well as interactive Google Maps and Google Earth versions

The new walking trails can be downloaded from the Visit Otley website here.


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