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'.
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Each year the Parish Council plans two walks around its area to ‘beat the bounds’ or demonstrate that each footpath is used. We run tow village walks – one long, one short.
This year the long walk is scheduled to leave from outside St Mary Magdalene Church on Moor Lane at 7pm Tuesday 11th August. Everyone is welcome on this socially distanced walk which taks in the river meadows and takes around an hour and a half. It’s a good opportunity to learn this attractive walk if you dont know it and to meet some other villagers. You dont have to book, just turn up wearing suitable footwear.
Another date for your diary is the Annual Village Litter Pick, postponed from April. We now plan to run it on Saturday 20th September to tie in National Litter Week. If you can spare an hour just turn up at the Old Star Car Park and we’ll give you a tabard, gloves, grippers and a bag and a route. Bring back the rubbish collected and Leeds will collect that and dispose of it later. It’s a good bit of fun and all the family are welcome.