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Few regions are as divided as Yorkshire, where Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas sit side by side, with different rules and restrictions governing each district.

And there are some parts of the county where the archaic lines drawn up to divide regions a long time ago, could now have massive implications on people's rights in the coming weeks.

In some instances, the split between Tier 2 and Tier 3 regions quite literally means neighbours are living by entirely separate rules.

Throw in the fact that North Yorkshire regions in Tier 2 border North East areas in Tier 3 and things get even more complicated.

We have analysed every single border in Yorkshire where the tier rules change depending on where you live to look at the towns and villages which are split by the tiniest of margins.

The village of Eastburn falls under Tier 3 restrictions, but just a mile to the west lie Sutton-in-Craven and Glusburn - both of which have been placed into Tier 2 along with the rest of North Yorkshire.

A little further north, people in Silsden will also be living under the strictest Covid-19 measures from Wednesday, but a number of neighbouring hamlets and villages in Craven are in Tier 2.

Skipton's 15,000-strong population were pleased to hear that they have been placed into Tier 2 aswell, but a councillor's comments about "shooting people on sight" if they visit from Tier 3 areas have not gone down well.

The West Yorkshire town of Ilkley falls under the jurisdiction of Bradford and will therefore be placed into Tier 3. But on the other side of the A65 lies the Harrogate district, which falls under Tier 2.

Ilkley's infection rate is relatively high, but people living in Tier 3 Burley-in-Wharfedale feel as though they have been "lumped in" with the rest of West Yorkshire after only recording five new cases in the seven days to November 21. If the quaint village was a mile further north, they would be in Tier 2 along with the likes of Harrogate and Knaresborough.

Addingham is even closer to the border, with the River Wharfe providing an unmistakable barrier between their Tier 3 restrictions and the relative freedom of Tier 2 on the other side of the water.

Leeds has consistently ranked as one of the worst-affected areas of the country when it comes to coronavirus, but a number of towns and villages on the northern fringes of the city are right on the border of North Yorkshire's Tier 2 Harrogate boundary.

Practically the entire village of Otley falls under Tier 3 restrictions, but a bizarre quirk means that Whartons Primary School actually falls into Tier 2.

A handful of homes on Throstle Nest Close to the west of the town and a few dozen houses on the Riverside cul-de-sacs have also sneaked into Tier 2. It means that most people on Riverside Park are in Tier 2, while an unlucky few neighbours will be under Tier 3 restrictions.

The rest of the Leeds - Harrogate border follows the River Wharfe, hemming the likes of Pool and Harewood into Tier 3.

The border then snakes north and loops around the entirety of Wetherby, which is also subject to Tier 3 restrictions. Kirk Deighton, a small village which falls under Tier 2 Harrogate's lockdown rules, is just a few hundred metres from homes in Deighton Gates on the northern edge of Tier 3 Wetherby.

The Leeds - Selby border, which weaves its way either side of the A1(M), means a number of towns and villages are handed a reprieve when it comes to tiers.

South Milford and Sherburn in Elmet are among the villages where people will be able to go to pubs in Tier 2.

The junction of the M62 and the A1(M) sees a number of towns and villages converge around the motorways.

Castleford, as part of the metropolitan district of Wakefield, falls under Tier 3, as does nearby Knottingley. But nearby Byram and Brotherton are subject to Selby's Tier 2 rules.

It's not just West Yorkshire that is being plunged into Tier 3. South Yorkshire is under the same restrictions too, which means the villages of Norton and Askern miss out on the limited freedoms of Tier 2 by just a few miles.

Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, recently ranked as the worst area in the entire country for Covid-19 infection rates, so it is no surprise that is has been classed in Tier 3.

The wiggly border between the coastal region and Selby means Snaith, Goole, Howden and Bubwith are all in Tier 3, but North Duffield, Hemingbrough and Carlton are not.

The very first Covid-19 cases in the UK were confirmed in York at the start of the year and despite a high concentration of cases in parts of the city earlier in the pandemic, infection rates have been brought steadily under control. It means the city and surrounding areas are in Tier 2.

Elvington, which sits on the western side of the River Derwent, follows more relaxed Covid rules, while neighbouring Sutton on Derwent falls under Tier 3, with the Sutton Bridge acting as a reminder of the divide between the two quaint villages.

Stamford Bridge just falls into the Tier 3 category by a hair's breadth too.

In the middle of November, the popular seaside resort of Scarbrough had one of the country's worst Covid-19 infection rates.

Action taken since then has seen the number of infected people plummet though and it has been granted Tier 2 status.

On the southern border of the district, Red Cliff Hole marks the border with Tier 3 East Riding of Yorkshire.

Fridaythorpe Field, Kirby Underdale and Cowlam are among the villages that only just fall into Tier 3.

The border between County Durham and Richmondshire marks another barrier between Tier 3 and Tier 2 regions that people should not cross.

There are no major towns that fall on the direct boundary, but a number of small Yorkshire villages such as Newsam and Forcett just fall within the North Yorkshire Tier 2 limits.

A little further east, it's a similar picture.

The North East town of Darlington comes under County Durham's Tier 3 rules, but there's a sharp divide between Hurworth-on-Tees (Tier 3) and Croft-on-Tees (Tier 2), with the tiny neighbouring villages divided not only by the River Tees, but also by lockdown rules.

Another North East region that borders Yorkshire is Stockton-on-Tees, where Yarm and Kirklevington are subject to Tier 3 rules.

Middlesbrough was once considered to be part of Yorkshire, but that ship has long since sailed.

The city is now clearly defined as being part of the North East, but people living there will no doubt be longing for a temporary return to Yorkshire after neighbouring Hambleton escaped Tier 3 lockdown.

It means pubs in Hemlington and Coubly Newham will remain closed, while Great Ayton will enjoy more freedom - despite having a Teeside postcode.

Not only has Great Ayton snuck out of Stockton-on-Tees by the skin of its teeth, but it also just falls outside the remit of Redcar and Cleveland, another area of the North East under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions.

Guisborough, on the other hand, will be locked down under Tier 3 rules.

At the northern edge of Scarborough lies Staithes, the picturesque Yorkshire hamlet split by Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The gorgeous seaside village was caught quite literally in the middle of the government's original tier system and is once again in no man's land.

The vast majority of it falls under the auspices of Scarborough Borough Council, which is firmly in North Yorkshire.

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We might not agree with them and we almost certainly do not like living under the strict rules, but there's no denying which tier we fall under.

But for one woman in Yorkshire, a peculiar border drawn up decades ago means that her home is firmly in Tier 2, while her garden falls under Tier 3.

"It's all one big conundrum," said Sheila Herbert, who lives in the tier-splitting property on Riverside Park, Otley, with her husband.

The quiet cul-de-sac in the picturesque market town is divided between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

While most of the homeowners on the street pay their taxes to Harrogate Borough Council, a small collection of eight houses at the bottom end of Riverside Park fall under Leeds City Council's remit.

Over the years, it has thrown up a number of irregularities - from bin collections to school places - but the introduction of the government's three-tiered system has thrown another spanner into the works.

The dilemma is most problematic for 74-year-old Sheila and her husband, who have lived on the close for 18 years.

A culvert runs directly underneath their garden and the underground channel of water acts as the official boundary between West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

"Our house in Harrogate and our garden is in Leeds," she said.

"The culvert cuts right through my garden. In fact, it goes right underneath the corner of the conservatory.

"When we're in the conservatory we're in Harrogate, but when we're in the garden we're in Leeds. It's almost one toe in each county when we're stepping outside."

The strange quirk arose almost 50 years ago, when the houses were built above the culvert, but the boundary between the counties remained.

While the majority of houses in the town are connected to the city, most of the homes on Riverside Park are actually linked to North Yorkshire.

Just eight properties on the cul-de-sac follow the rest of Otley's links by falling under the jurisdiction of Leeds City Council.

Sheila's home straddles both.

"My next-door neighbour pays her council tax to Leeds and we pay our council tax to Harrogate," she said.

"Officially, my neighbours are in Tier 3 and we're in Tier 2.

"That's the big thing. It's ludicrous.

"I've just been to Sainsbury's in Otley, which is in Tier 3. I'm not really officially meant to have gone into Tier 3 am I? But what am I supposed to do?

"My daughter lives in Otley - 'real' Otley - so officially she can't come and see me, but she's in my bubble. It's a nightmare.

"Every time new announcements are made, I just think 'Am I breaking the rules?'.

"It's all one big conundrum, but I'm just being sensible."

John Coyle, 66, lives directly next door to Sheila, but unlike his neighbour, he lives in Leeds and is therefore living under Tier 3 rules.

He said: "In 20 years, this [being in Tier 2] is the only advantage everyone else on the close has had!

"There are a lot more advantages to being in Leeds, because of all the local services in Otley. There are not really any advantages of living here and being classed as North Yorkshire - until now!"

A few doors down is Malcolm Hodgkins, another resident who is currently living under Tier 3 regulations.

He bought the house 45 years ago when it was first built and knows more than most about the strange invisible border that splits the friendly street in two.

He said: "There has to be a line somewhere. Unfortunately for us, it's down the middle of the street.

"But it's just the way it is. There's a war on. We've just got to get on with it."

Just when the residents thought things couldn't get more complicated, a man who lives on the close called Leeds City Council to clarify exactly which tier they live in.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, said that he was told every single home on Riverside Park is in Tier 2 - regardless of who they pay their council tax too - because all the bins on the street are collected by Harrogate Borough Council.

However, the message has not yet been conveyed to all eight homeowners linked to Leeds.

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Pubs and restaurants in the capital will be allowed to reopen tomorrow under Tier 2 coronavirus rules, along with much of the rest of the country.

Diners will be allowed to eat together as long as there are a maximum of six people sat with each other and everyone in the group is from the same support bubble or household if sat inside.

And Westminster Council has announced the new rules allowing groups to eat al fresco in groups of up to six in mixed households from tomorrow will be continued for a further six months.

Council leader Rachael Robathan, said the scheme, which allows venues to provide 'pop up' dining areas in streets, would be an important way of supporting the hospitality industry.

She said: 'We have 3,700 restaurants, pubs and bars in central London and they help to support around 80,000 jobs.

'Hospitality is a big employer for us and while the sector faces another tough few months under tier two restrictions, at least we can support those venues who can offer outside space.'

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Otley is a market town and civil parish at a bridging point on the River Wharfe, in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England. Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, the population was 13,668 at the 2011 census.[1] It is in two parts: south of the river is the historic town of Otley and to the north is Newall, which was formerly a separate township. The town is in lower Wharfedale on the A660 road which connects it to Leeds.

The town is in the Otley and Yeadon ward of Leeds City Council and the Leeds North West parliamentary constituency.

Otley's name is derived from Otto, Otho, Othe, or Otta, a Saxon personal name and leah, a woodland clearing in Old English. It was recorded as Ottanlege in 972 and Otelai or Othelia in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2][3] The name Chevin has close parallels to the early Brythonic Welsh term Cefn meaning ridge and may be a survival of the ancient Cumbric language.[4]

There are pre-historic settlement finds alongside both sides of the River Wharfe and it is believed the valley has been settled at this site since the Bronze Age. There are Bronze Age carvings on rocks situated on top of The Chevin: one such example is the Knotties Stone.[5] West Yorkshire Geology Trust has reference to Otley Chevin and Caley Crags having a rich history of human settlement stretching back into Palaeolithic times. Flint tools, Bronze Age rock carvings and Iron Age earthworks have been found. In medieval times the forest park was used as common pasture land, as a source of wood and sandstones for buildings and walls.[citation needed]

The majority of the early development of the town dates from Saxon times and was part of an extensive manor granted by King Athelstan to the see of York. The Archbishops of York had a residence and were lords of the manor. Their palace was located on the site occupied by the Manor House.[3] Otley is close to Leeds and may have formed part of the kingdom of Elmet. Remains of the Archbishop's Palace were found during the construction of St Joseph's Primary School.

As in other areas of the north, the Norman conquest largely laid waste this area.[6] The Saxon church was replaced by a Norman one, but this contains much Saxon sculpture.[6] Thus in the 11th and 12th century Otley would have been a loose congregation of buildings around the two focal points of the manor house by the bridge and the church.[6] An important reason for the town's location was a water supply, the Calhead Beck (now covered over) which ran down from Otley Chevin over Whitley Croft, a little East of the church and then to the river near the bridge.[6]

The town grew in the first half of the 13th century when the archbishops laid out burgage (freehold) plots to attract merchants and tradespeople. The burgage plots were on Boroughgate, Walkergate and Kirkgate. This began to create the layout of today,[6] based on a triangle of these plots forming the streets.[7] Bondgate was for the workers: bondsmen and tenants.[8] A leper hospital was founded on the road to Harewood beyond Cross Green.[6][7]

As well as farming and use of woodland, important local activities were quarrying stone, and the manufacture of potash from bracken, used to make a soap which therefore supported a community carrying out fulling, the cleansing and finishing of woollen cloth on Watergate.[6] The Chevin provided stone for building (and millstones) as well as bracken, wood and common grazing, while the river provided reeds for thatching houses.[6]

The woollen industry developed as a cottage industry but during the Industrial Revolution and the mechanisation of the textile industry, mills were built using water then steam power. A cotton mill and weaving shed for calicoes were built by the river in the late 18th century. Later woolcombing and worsted spinning were introduced.[7] By the mid 19th century 500 inhabitants were employed in two worsted-mills, a paper-mill, and other mills.[3] A tannery was established in the 19th century.[7] At this time the opening of the new Leeds Road and Bradford Road greatly increased access for trade.[9] Many houses were built from the middle of the 19th century onwards, including the first row of terraces by the newly formed Otley Building Society from 1847.[9] Otley railway station opened in 1865 connecting goods and people to Leeds, with a connection to Bradford in 1875. At its peak it had 50 trains a day, but it was closed in 1965 under the Beeching cuts.[8] Kirkgate was the first street to be paved in 1866, followed by sewers in 1869.[9]

The Wharfedale Printing Machine was developed in Otley by William Dawson and David Payne.[10] An early example can be seen in Otley Museum. By 1900 the printing machinery trade, with over 2,000 people employed in seven machine shops, was Otley's most important industry.[7]

During the First World War, Farnley Camp at Otley housed the Northern Command Gas and Grenade School, which taught military personnel about explosives.[11]

After the First World War there was a general shortage of housing in Britain, and much of it was crowded slums. Otley Council prepared one of the first subsidized housing schemes, commencing with relatively open land in Newall on the North of the river in 1920.[9] The 1920s also saw the beginnings of the conversion of properties to a sewer drainage system, and electric lighting instead of gas on the streets.[9]

Further estates followed and by 1955 there were more than 1,000 council houses. Private housing was also expanded during this time, but was greatly reduced in the Second World War. House building revived in the 1960s to 1980s, but industry declined, with many factories closing, including the printing machine works in 1981.[8][9]

Historically Otley was a market-town and the centre of a large ecclesiastical parish in the wapentakes of Skyrack and Claro in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The various chapelries and townships in the ancient parish became separate civil parishes in 1866.[12] The local authority was the lord of the manor until 1864 when Otley Board was formed and many public buildings date from then on.[7] From 1894 Otley formed an Urban District, and in 1897 and 1903 expanded north of the River Wharfe to include Newall. Since local government reorganisation in 1974 Otley has been a civil parish in the metropolitan borough of the City of Leeds, in the county of West Yorkshire. The parish council has exercised its option to declare itself a town council. The town council and the Otley Museum were both based at Otley Civic Centre until the building closed in 2010.[13]

Otley lies in the Leeds North West constituency of the UK Parliament and is represented by MP Alex Sobel (Labour Party (UK)). It is part of the Otley & Yeadon ward on Leeds City Council and is represented by three Liberal Democrat Councillors Ryk Downes, Colin Campbell & Sandy Lay.[14] It is twinned with the French town of Montereau-Fault-Yonne, south of Paris.

Otley and Wharfedale ward has a population of 24,000, and Otley itself has a population of 14,348, according to the Census 2001.

Otley lies 28 miles (45 km) south-west of York, 10 miles (16 km) north-west of Leeds, 10 miles (16 km) north-east of Bradford, and 196 miles (315 km) from London. The town lies in lower Wharfedale, at a bridging point over the River Wharfe where there is a seven-arched medieval bridge, and is surrounded by arable farmland. The historic town developed on the south bank of the Wharfe, but in the 20th century Otley expanded north of the river, to include new developments at Newall and the Weston Estate.

The south side of the valley is dominated by a gritstone escarpment overlooking Otley called the Chevin and to the north is Newall Carr.[3] In 1944, Major Le G.G.W. Horton Fawkes of Farnley Hall donated 263 acres (106 ha) of land on the Chevin to the people of Otley. This has been expanded to 700 acres (280 ha) and constitutes Chevin Forest Park. It was from a quarry on the Chevin that the foundation stones for the Houses of Parliament were hewn.

To the east and west of Otley are flooded gravel pits, where sand and gravel have been extracted in the 20th century. The gravel pits to the east at Knotford Nook are a noted birdwatching site. Those to the west are devoted to angling and sailing.

To the west are the villages of Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston. To the east is Pool-in-Wharfedale. To the south is the towns of Guiseley, and Yeadon.

Roman roads bypassed Otley, South of the Chevin and North of Timble, so most of roads in the area were little better than tracks until the 18th century when efforts were made to facilitate trade.[6] By 1820 there was a regular post coach to Leeds on 4 days a week and 9 carriers delivering as far as Manchester. In 1840 and 1841 new roads to Leeds and Bradford were opened.[8] From 1900 the first motor vehicles appeared in Otley, and in 1912 a motor haulage business started with a vehicle with interchangeable bodies so that it could work as either as lorry or charabanc. By 1930 there were bus companies operating and in 1939 Otley bus station opened. Trolleybuses operated by Leeds Corporation Tramways arrived in 1915, but ceased in 1928.[8]

The Otley and Ilkley Joint Railway opened Otley railway station in 1865 and closed in March 1965; the town bypass follows the part of the line of the old railway.[8][15] The trackbed between Burley in Wharfedale, Otley and Pool is to become a cycleway, footpath and equestrian route known as the Wharfedale Greenway, with possible extensions onward to Ilkley alongside the extant railway. Planning permission for the first phase of the greenway was granted in July 2020.[16]

The main roads through the town are the A660 to the south east, which connects Otley to Bramhope, Adel and Leeds city centre, and the A65 to the west, which goes to Ilkley and Skipton. The A6038 heads to Guiseley, Shipley and Bradford, connecting with the A65. To Harrogate, the A659 heads east to the A658, which is the main Bradford–Harrogate road.

Otley bus station is run by West Yorkshire Metro and services are operated by First West Yorkshire, Yorkshire Coastliner, Harrogate Bus Company, Keighley Bus Company, and Connexionsbuses. There are local services connecting the town and outlying areas.

The bridge is a 7 span stone bridge and Scheduled Ancient Monument, dating from 1228, which was rebuilt after the flood of 1673 and widened in 1776.[7][8] In 1957 a concrete cantilevered footwalk was added to separate pedestrians from road traffic.[8] On the north side eastwards, 2 miles of the riverbank is Wharfemeadows Park with extensive gardens on land donated to the town in 1924 by the Fawkes family.[7][8][17] It originally had an open-air swimming pool.[8] Opposite on the south side is the much smaller Tittybottle Park, originally designated Manor Park in 1909 but it acquired its popular (and now official) name for its popularity with mothers and nannies.[8][17] On the south side westward, is Manor Garth Park, formerly part of the land of the manor house.[17] About 0.6 miles (1 km) east of the bridge is Gallows Hill, where the medieval gallows stood.[6] Low-lying land by this was formerly a sewage works, but was bought by the Town Council in the 1980s and developed into Gallows Hill nature reserve.[17][18]

While markets have been held from at least 1227[6] it has only been in the current Market Place from about 1800.[8] It contains the Buttercross (covered area for farm produce, now used for occasional charity events, otherwise rest and shelter for visitors) and the Jubilee Clock, which was erected in 1888 at a cost of £175. It has two plaques, one in memory to two locals killed in the Transvaal War and one expressing the gratitude of Belgian refugees who came to Otley during the First World War.[8] Many of the buildings around are listed.

A grammar school was founded by Royal Charter issued to Thomas Cave in 1607 by King James VI and I, who named it "The Grammar School of Prince Henry".[8] The single storey building was pulled down and rebuilt in the Elizabethan style with two storeys in 1840.[8] It closed in 1878 and was used as a court-house,[3][8] and in recent times has been commercial premises, then a public house until closure in 2020.[19] In 1918 the foundation was re-established in temporary premises and in 1925 Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley, in Farnley Lane opened.[8]

Otley has a number of primary schools.

Otley's first church was built in the early 7th century, made of wood, but was burnt down.[8] The Parish Church (All Saints) originates from Saxon times and contains the remains of two early Anglo-Saxon crosses, one of which has been reproduced for the town's war memorial. The present building is based on a Norman church from the 12th century but little of the original remains, except the north doorway.[3][20] Substantial changes were made in the 13th, 14th and 18th century, with the Tower Clock dating from 1793.[8] This church was the centre of an ancient ecclesiastical parish which comprised the chapelries of Baildon, Bramhope, Burley in Wharfedale, Denton, and Farnley, and the townships of Esholt, Hawksworth, Lindley, Menston, Newall with Clifton, Pool-in-Wharfedale, and Little Timble.[6]

The graveyard contains the "Navvies' Monument", a replica of the entrance to Bramhope Tunnel, a monument to those killed during its construction.[8] Inside the church is the tomb of the grandparents of Thomas Fairfax who commanded Parliament's forces at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644.

What is now the Bridge Church was originally the Salem Chapel, built in 1826, being for many years the Congregational Church but having its present name from 1972 with the formation of the United Reformed Church.[8] Our Lady and All Saints Roman Catholic Church was opened in 1851.[8] What is now Beech Hill Church started life in 1916 as 'Bethel Gospel Mission' and moved to its current location on Westgate in 2021.[21]

Methodist preacher John Wesley was a frequent visitor to the town in the 18th century. Allegedly his horse died in the town and is buried in the grounds of the parish church. Its grave is marked by an unusual stone, also known locally as the "Donkey Stone". His Journal for 1761 reads, "6 July Monday; In the evening I preached at Otley and afterwards talked with many of the Society. There is reason to believe that ten or twelve of these are filled with the love of God." Wesley Street is named after him. A chapel was established on Walkergate in about 1800, replaced by a larger one on Westgate in 1857: a third Chapel (now Trinity Methodist Church) was built on Boroughate in 1876.[8]

A Primitive Methodist Chapel opened on New Market in 1835, and became the Salvation Army Citadel which closed in 2019. A Primitive Church on Station Road opened in 1874 and closed in 1965 (it is now residences).[8] Another Primitive Church on Craven Street opened in 1901 and closed in the early 1950s. It is now the headquarters of 2nd Otley Scouts, and is known as the Chevin Community Centre.[22] An 1890 Quaker meeting house on Cross Green is now a Gospel Hall.[21] Other Christian groups meet in members' homes or rented rooms.[21]

Otley has a diverse range of cultural organisations. It has five active Morris dance sides, the Wharfedale Wayzgoose (Border),[23] The Buttercross Belles (Ladies Northwest),[24] Flash Company (Border, Molly, Appalachian & Clog), Hellz Bellz (Contemporary) and Kitchen Taps (Appalachian Step).

Drama groups include the Otley Community Players, Otley Youth Theatre (OY), and a thriving arts centre in the former courthouse. There is a poetry society, which meets monthly in the Black Horse Hotel. The town has a Brass Band[25] who perform at many events in the town. It is not a regular contesting band, but won first prize in the unregistered section at their first contest at Hardraw Scar in September 2007 and again in 2008. Since then they have competed in the 1st to 3rd section winning Second prize and Best March in 2014.

Otley hosts the annual Otley Folk Festival in September, a Victorian Fayre in December, a carnival in June, and, in May, what is reputed to be the oldest one day agricultural show in the country.[8] This celebrated its bicentenary in 2009. There is a beer festival, organised by the church, in November. Otley has four Scout troops, Otley Parish, Otley Bridge, 2nd Otley, and Otley Methodist Scouts.[26] An Army Cadet Force detachment is also located in the town.

In January 2013 The Guardian newspaper featured an article in its Weekend section entitled Let's move to Otley, West Yorkshire.[27]

The Black Horse Hotel (original demolished, current from 1901[8] and the Royal White Horse Hotel (the former Barclays Bank (closed 2019), in Manor Square[8]) were the original posting houses and many of the others were coaching inns.[9] By 1900 there were over 30 inns, and Otley was said to have "a pub on every corner".[9] This reputation has continued into recent years with BBC Radio 4's statistics programme "More or Less" concluding that it had the greatest number per head of population.[28]

Today there are 20 pubs in the town although the Roebuck (formerly known as the Spite), the Chevin and the Royalty are on the outskirts, with the Roebuck located in North Yorkshire.[29] Some of the oldest buildings have been demolished or replaced, but the Red Lion on Kirkgate dates from 1745, the Bowling Green from 1757 (originally a courthouse), the Rose & Crown (originally cottages) 1731.[9] The Old Grammar School was (as of 2017) the Stew and Oyster pub, this closed in January 2020.[30] The Old Cock on Crossgate (despite its name) has only recently become a pub, but inhabits former cottages from 1757.[31] These are all Grade II listed buildings.

The Black Bull in the Market Place, was allegedly drunk dry by Cromwell's troops on the night before the battle of Marston Moor during the English Civil War and has a 15th-century well in the beer garden.[32]

Otley is "Hotton" in the ITV television soap opera Emmerdale,[33] and appears in ITV's Heartbeat where Otley Courthouse is the old Police Station.[34] ITV's DCI Banks also regularly filmed in the town.[35] Otley was also the setting for the drama series The Chase[36] and the ITV dramatisation of The Bad Mother's Handbook.[37]

Otley Angling Club was formed in 1897 by local land owners. It controls the fishing on the River Wharfe through Otley and a coarse fishing pond on the outskirts of the town. It runs regular fishing matches on the river and junior matches on the club pond.[38]

Otley Athletic Club meets at Otley Cricket Club.[39]

Otley Cricket Club, founded in 1820, play in the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior Cricket League. The club has won the league title 13 times and shared it in 1966. The club has three Senior teams and provides facilities for Juniors from Under 9 to Under 17. The Club play at Cross Green.[40]

Otley R.U.F.C. play home matches at Cross Green,[41] which was the venue for the Italy v USA fixture in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. In 1979 Cross Green was the site of a victory by the North of England against the All Blacks.[42] Otley R.U.F.C. finished 5th in National Division One in both the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons but were relegated to National Division Two at the end of the 2006–07 season. The club won National Division Two in 2007–08 and returned to National Division One for the 2008–09 season.

Otley Town Football Club has teams in the Premier division of the West Yorkshire League, the Premier division of the Harrogate & District League and the reserves division of the West Yorkshire League. It runs junior teams including two girls' teams. The club is a Charter Standard football club run by volunteers. The Sunday League team, Otley Wharfeside AFC, play in the Wharfedale Triangle Football League.

Otley Cycle Club was founded on 27 January 1927.[43] Its patron is Lizzie Armitstead, an international champion cyclist who was born in the town. It meets regularly and hosts a number of races throughout the year.[44]

On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the town.[45] On 3 May 2015, the final stage of the first Tour de Yorkshire came through the outskirts of Otley. On 30 April 2016, Otley was the start of the second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.[46]

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