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Otley is a bustling Yorkshire Dales market town in Lower Wharfedale, at a bridging point over the River Wharfe, where there is a seven-arched medieval bridge. This historic town developed on the south bank and in the 20th century, expanded north of the river. Birthplace of furniture maker Thomas Chippendale (1718) and the Wharfedale Press (one of the earliest commercially available printing presses), the cobbled streets, Market Place and Georgian architecture is frequently used for location filming in programmes such as Emmerdale, where Otley is known as ‘Hotton’. The town hosts independent shops and is known for its many historic pubs selling real ales. The busy market runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and there is also a Farmers’ Market on the last Sunday of every month. Otley Courthouse is an arts and resource centre run by local people and hosting live music, a film club and other events. Otley is also home to several Morris folk dancing groups who are on show on Mayday, during the September Folk Festival, New Year’s Day and other events. For outdoors enthusiasts, hike to the top of Otley Chevin for views over Lower Wharfedale and venture into the Dales for an abundance of activities. To the east and west of Otley are flooded gravel pits, popular for birdwatching, fishing and sailing.