Batley is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. It lies south-east of Bradford, south-west of Leeds and north of Dewsbury, near the M62 motorway. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 2011 its two wards (Batley East and Batley West) had a combined population of 38,573. Other nearby towns include: Morley to the north-east, Ossett to the south-east and Brighouse west-south-west. Batley is part of a special EU transformation zone.