Visitors to a pioneering Dales village can now find out where to stay and what to do at the touch of a button.

Kettlewell is believed to be the first village in the Yorkshire Dales to have its own iPhone app.

The newly-launched smart phone application includes details of accommodation, walks and the village’s famous scarecrow festival.

It was the brainchild of Carl Hessel, who owns The Smithy Art and Framing shop in Kettlewell, and his friend Karl Helliwell, who designs the applications for a living. Mr Hessel also maintains the village website and the duo thought it would be a good idea to design a version for mobile phones.

The Kettlewell app can be downloaded for free from the Apple website and about ten people each day are getting hold of a copy.

Mr Hessell said: “We are the first village to use this technology. The app gives visitors a mini version of the website in their hands. Over the coming months we’ll work to improve and enhance the app by adding more local information.”

The app was developed with funding from local businesses that advertise on the village website.

“It’s good to try something a little bit different,” Mr Hessell said.

He said the app had been well- received, particularly with young people.

To download the app, visit the Apple App Store and search for “Kettlewell”.