I think of Kettlewell as the 'criss cross village'. Several walking and cycling routes such as the Dales Way criss cross the village, as do the small bridges across the beck.
In the surrounding fields many dry stone walls create their own criss cross patterns, converging in the surrounding fields, along with the grassed terraces, worm away by successive generations of sheep. Kettlewell's original name along the lines of 'Cetel Wella' apparently means a babbling beck, which is apt, particularly on a Spring morning.
Many walkers come for the challenge of nearby Great Whernside (2,310ft) and Buckden Pike (2,303 ft) and Old Cote Moor Top. The National Trust suggests a walk over some their land following the ridge between Wharfedale and Littondale, with fantastic fellside views.
If you prefer something stronger, there are several pubs in the village, including the Racehorses Hotel with a sun terrace overlooking the river, the King's Head where chef patron Michael Pighills is now at the helm creating excellent food, and Blue Bell which welcomes dogs.