Starbotton is a tiny picturesque limestone village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire in the Yorkshire National Park. Starbotton is situated by the river Wharfe in the beautiful countryside of Upper Wharfedale 15 miles north of Skipton midway between Kettlewell and Buckden.
The area around Starbotton is renowned for its spectacular walks, from the long distance Dales Way to shorter walks. Footpaths lead from Starbotton in five directions, up to the top of Buckden Pike, down the river to Kettlewell, up the river to Buckden, over the top to Arncliffe and over to Coverdale.
Few places offers tranquility like Starbotton. A true hideaway where rush hour get a completely different meaning involving sheep...
The derivation of the Starbotton name is the subject of much debate but has nothing to do with "stars" or "bottoms". Instead it is thought to be derived from "Stamphotne" (1086 Domesday Book) or "Stauerboten" (12th Century - Old English "stæfer" replacing the Norse "stafn" in the first form and meaning "the place where stakes are got") - see more on Wikipedia.