Welcome to Wetherby – LS22

Weatherby whaler fish and chip shop is very popular on Thursday’s the local market day in town.
The free riverside car park gets busy but you can usually find a space.

Cog and Fish 2

A market town, with a Charter since 1240, Wetherby is a small town with a big riverside frontage. The Wharfe provides visitors with fine riverside walks, picnic areas and a local cafe near the car park.

Wetherby Railway Path not surprisingly runs through Wetherby (that is more than the trains do Dr Beeching). Now starting in Spofforth it follows the old railway track through Kirk Deighton and the railway triangle to the town centre where it is joined by the West Yorkshire Cycle Route. By now it has been named The Harland Way after the late Lions Club president. Then it has been extended to Walton Gate and Thorp Arch Estate.

Sustrans invest in Cycle paths but this route is suitable for walkers, riders and horses. It will eventually be extended to Tadcaster and    York whilst the West Yorkshire cycle route heads off south.

Other Locations and Factoids

  1. Over the sticks Wetherby racecourse is Yorkshire’s premier National Hunt venue and home to some of the best races in the National Hunt Calendar. It boasts some of the best facilities in the North of England and has a fantastic atmosphere to rival any sporting occasion.
  2. The town centre is full of interesting small shops selling a wide variety of goods. Not too many multi-nationals to force the locals into homogeneous shopping.
  3. ‘From 1318 to 1319 the North of England suffered many raids from the Scots. After the battle of Bannockburn. Wetherby was burned and many people taken and killed. It is said that Scott Lane is so named because it ran with blood.’
  4. During the World War II Tockwith airfield was renamed ‘Marston Moor Airfield’ to avoid confusion with Topcliffe Airfield. Clark Gable was stationed here. Part of the airfield is now used as a driver training centre and the old control tower is used as the offices but bits of the runways can still be seen.
  5. The bridge on the Old Great North Road is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade II listed structure. As a result of its situation a large number of coaching inns, now pubs, were established in Wetherby.
  6. Tadcaster and  Boston Spa lie to the south-east; other villages nearby renown for executive housing include Sicklinghall and Kirkby Overblow, and Linton.
  7. Under Wetherby Attractions on the Wetherby website there are no attractions except for a list of other Yorkshire towns and villages

credits Cog and Fish 2 by Tim Green aka atoach CC BY 2.0

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