Our Favourite Villages: Kettlewell
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A stroller’s dream, this picturesque village is surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills, breath-taking views and remarkable greenery. Well signed and well maintained, this little village really is a British gem.
The name Kettlewell is believed to be Anglo Saxon, derived from ‘Cetel Wella’ which means a bubbling spring or stream. Signs of Anglo Saxon farming methods can still be seen in terraced fields to the south of the village, while traces of Brigantes and Roman occupation have also been found. Later on from the 17th to 19th centuries, cotton milling and lead mining played an important role, bringing prosperity to the village.
Nowadays, Kettlewell is home to one of Britain’s best scarecrow festivals, which takes place every August. With hundreds of scarecrows hidden in every corner of Kettlewell, it’s a great day out for all the family, with all proceeds supporting the local community.