It's given its name to one of Britain's finest cheeses, but Wensleydale has so much more to offer. This is the valley of the River Ure, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a popular destination for walkers and hikers.

As well as the rolling landscape of the valley itself, Wensleydale is overlooked by the distinctive flat- topped hill of Addlebrough, above the village of Bainbridge and Penhill, which stands guard over Leyburn. Wensleydale's dramatic scenery is dotted with ancient towns and villages, offering a great range of shops, pubs and tea rooms.

Hawes, at the head of the valley, is the centre of the famous cheese-making industry as well as rope- making, while Hardraw is home to Hardraw Force, one of the highest waterfalls in England.

At Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles down a limestone staircase at the beauty spot known as Aysgarth Falls.

There are many other fascinating towns and villages in the valley; hidden treasures abound as the Ure flows eastwards. Middleham, with its castle, was the childhood home of Richard III while at West Burton, you can visit the famous Cat Pottery.

Although a walker's paradise, tired feet can let the train take the strain with a trip on the Wensleydale Railway. Heritage steam and diesel trains run along 17 miles of line between Redmire and Leeming Bar at the eastern end of the dale.

Don't forget the famous Buttertubs Pass, a great walk that leads from Hawes and Hardraw, over a high moorland pass and down to neighbouring Swaledale.

Lake View ref: CC218003

Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£267-£497

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Cosy retreat in the heart of Wensleydale overlooking small wildlife lake.
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Riverdale ref: UK2040

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£377-£914

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An excellent terraced cottage just off the village green in the pretty village of Bainbridge, between the popular market towns of Hawes and Leyburn.
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Beck View ref: CC218137

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£323-£792

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Part of a 17th Century water powered corn mill in the attractive village of West Burton.
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Cottontail Cottage ref: CC218118

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£349-£709

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Charming cottage in beautiful location with extensive views of the dales.
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Foxtor House ref: CC218145

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£391-£956

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Situated behind Middleham Castle, once the childhood home of Richard III, this charming, Grade II listed townhouse lies in the very heart of Wensleydale.
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Thistle Cottage ref: UK2540

Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

£481-£1159

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Thistle Cottage is ideal for groups and is the ideal place for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and nearby towns of Leyburn and Middleham.
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Beck House ref: CC218134

Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£309-£582

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In a stunning hidden valley, this 17th Century cottage offers wonderful views, solitude and great walking. Paradise for bird watchers with owls, birds of prey, curlew and grouse in the area.
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Town Head - Town Head Cottage ref: KKP

Melmerby, Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

£513-£1111

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Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this charming cottage enjoys extensive, stunning views over lovely Coverdale.
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Stable Cottage ref: DC1954

Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£227-£520

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Converted stable with open fire and views across Cover Valley.
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Bloomers Bothy ref: CC218089

Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£267-£496

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The best things certainly come in small parcels Bloomer’s Bothy has it all!
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Crag View ref: CC218124

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£299-£681

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17th Century character cottage with wood burner. Village location in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ideal for walking and touring.
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Johnnie’s Cottage ref: DC5451

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£308-£589

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Located in the idyllic village of Bainbridge which has many historical links.
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Burnside View ref: CC211228

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£282-£736

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Ideal for couples who wish to enjoy a touch of sophistication and elegance in a central convenient base.
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Skellgill Barn ref: DC4562

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£298-£540

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Cosy barn conversion with beautiful countryside views.
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Poppy’s Footprint ref: E4199

Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

£309-£576

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In the shadow of Richard III’s castle, this circular romantic retreat, with a walled suntrap garden has Wensleydale country walks from the door.
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