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The broad sunlit uplands of Lower Wharfedale above Otley.

Wharfedale is one of the Yorkshire Dales in England. It is the valley of the River Wharfe. Towns and villages in Wharfedale (in order, travelling downstream, from west to east) include Buckden,[1] Kettlewell, Conistone, Hebden, Grassington, Ilkley, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Arthington, Collingham, and Wetherby.[2] Beyond Wetherby the valley opens out, and becomes part of the Vale of York.

The section from the river's source to around Addingham is known as Upper Wharfedale and has a very different character to the rest of the area. The first fifteen miles or so is known as Langstrothdale, including the settlements of Beckermonds, Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme, famous for its church, the resting place of the writer J. B. Priestley. As it turns southwards, the Wharfe then runs through a green and lush valley, characterised by limestone outcrops, such as Kilnsey Crag, and woodland, generally quite unusual in the Dales.

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