If you're looking for a base from which to walk, Kettlewell is the perfect spot. It has a good range of pubs, the wonderful Zarina's cafe (a little hidden across the tiny beck) and places to stay. You can buy refreshments at the village shop.
The Dales Way crosses through Kettlewell and many walkers come for the challenge of the nearby Great Whernside (2,310ft) and Buckden Pike (2,303 ft). You might want to wander up to nearby Buckden or Starbeck too.
If you prefer just a brief wander around the village, look out for the church, the photogenic Cam Gill Beck, some ancient buildings (some dating back to the mid 1600s), the village stocks and the Kettlewell weather stone. A distinctive feature are the many dry stone walls, converging in the surrounding fields, along with the grassed terraces, worm away by successive generations of sheep.
The Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival was the first of such events and attracts visitors each summer who come to follow the trail and spot the themed characters displayed around the village.
Close to Kettlewell is the incredibly imposing Kilnsey Crag, overlooking Kilnsey Park where you can fish for your supper and enjoy their newly revamped nature trail.