Otley – West Yorkshire
Otley is a market town on the River Wharfe, near the southern end of the beautiful Washburn Valley. There are some interesting buildings, and a Victorian maypole stands at Cross Green. Thomas Chippendale the furniture designer was born here in 1718. North east of’the town Farnley Hall is Elizabethan with Georgian additions.
The Hambleton Hills form the setting for this attractive stone-built village or the edge of the North York Moors National Park. It is also the starting point for the Lyke Wake Walk, a 40 mile footpath which ends at Ravenscar, and the Cleveland Way also passes through the village. John Wesley once preached here, using as his pulpit a stone table which can still be seen. 1 mile to the north west are the ruins of Mount Grace Priory, founded in the 14th century by the Carthusians.
Robin Hood’s Bay
At the northern end of a 3-mile long bay, sheltered by rocky cliffs, the little houses of this picturesque and colourful fishing village cling precariously to the steep slopes of a ravine. The village has become a popular tourist resort. The North York Moors National Park lies to the south west, and there is a scenic coastal path to Whitby.
In a lovely, secluded site in the Rye Valley, below the North York Moors, are the majestic and extensive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. The once prosperous abbey was founded in 1132 by the Cistercians and at one time had 140 monks and more than 500 lay brothers. Overlooking the abbey, with beautiful views of Ryedale and the Hambleton Hills, is the half mile sweep of Rievaulx Terrace, landscaped in the 18th century by the owner of nearby Duncombe Park.