Four miles south west of Wetherby, at the heart of the so-called golden triangle of Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds is the idyllic location of the Lower Wharfedale village of East Keswick.
This ancient Domesday Book village lies on a quiet country lane which meanders between Collingham and Shadwell. The community comprises some 1146 people, two pubs, two churches, a twice a week post office, village hall, hairdressers, beauty salon and butchers.
The village is a conservation area surrounded by rich farmland and numerous attractive walks. Its history has been chronicled in a highly acclaimed Millennium Book and probably uniquely, it enjoys its own Wildlife Trust which manages large tracts of local land.
In September 2001, it was awarded Best Village in North of England regional finals of the nationwide competition sponsored by Calor and the Daily Telegraph. Five years later, in the 'best of the best' competition, the village was the Northern Regional Winner.
On July 11th 2002, HM The Queen was driven through the village on her route from Harewood to Leeds and on St Valentine's Day 2003, HRH The Prince of Wales spent more than two hours visiting the village and meeting some of its residents. His Deputy Private Secretary wrote later 'The Prince of Wales has asked me to express to you just how much he enjoyed his visit to East Keswick. It is a remarkable village in every way and it gave him the greatest possible pleasure to visit it and to meet so many residents. The community spirit and sense of identity and belonging impressed him beyond measure'.
- Main Street closed Thursday 25 April
- Should the village have a 20mph limit?
- Parish Assembly hears review of the year
- Leeds routes affected by Tour de Yorkshire 3rd May
- New Parish Council announced
- Prolific burglar arrested
Each Spring, the Parish Council organises a litter pick and it’s great fun as well as being worthwhile. Everyone’s invited, including children and dogs and hi vis vests, bags and litter gripping tongs are provided. Just turn up!
Join East Keswick Wildlife Trust on its annual evening walk to see the fine display of bluebells carpeting Ox Close Woods.
East Keswick artist Lisa Pickard is one of over twenty artists taking part in this annual event showcasing the work of artists in Wetherby and surrounding villages. Full details can be found at http://artistsaroundwetherby.com