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.

Burnside View ref: CC211228

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£307-£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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Hollyhock Cottage ref: CC218082

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£654

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Stunning barn conversion in magnificent setting with picture postcard views all around.
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3, School House ref: UK2062

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£345-£637

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This lovely converted school is in the charming village of West Witton, with views of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Stags Fell Cottage ref: CC211186

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£394-£774

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Stags Fell Cottage is a prestigious three storey mews property for six with spectacular open views across the countryside.
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Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary ref: UK2117

East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£843-£2237

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Benefiting from a private annex, Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary is a substantial holiday home that’s ideal for families of up to ten.
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Minton Cottage ref: 30563

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£263-£785

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This property is located in the popular town of Masham, ideal for exploring North Yorkshire and all of its delights.
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Chapel Cottage ref: CC218094

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£319-£598

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This immaculately presented Chapel conversion offers the perfect luxury escape for any couple.
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Parkgate Cottage ref: CC218099

Constable Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£0-£464

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Charming cottage in Constable Burton with stunning countryside views. Free off road parking, enclosed patio with access to a garden. Excellent pub within walking distance.
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Kirk Close ref: CC211114

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£316-£774

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Kirk Close offers superb holiday accommodation in the idyllic Dales town of Askrigg.
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Mystified Bungalow ref: UKC254

Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£261-£833

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Enjoy lovely rural views from this holiday property, located in Bishopdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Holly Cottage ref: B5776

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

£331-£812

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Dales stone cottage, with exposed stone work, inglenook fireplace, beams, and flagstone floors, Leyburn close by, Middleham easily reached.
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Craven House ref: DC4392

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£404-£692

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Pretty village location with country inn, perfect for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Aysgill Cottage ref: CC218049

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£654

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Attractive country cottage nestling in an elevated position with stunning views across the Dale
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Rose Cottage ref: CC218122

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£469-£469

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Patio and garden with garden furniture. Parking available outside the property or in the nearby restaurant car park.
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Harvester Cottages - Mr Wetherell’s Cottage ref: 25901

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£428-£1381

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Beautifully furnished family accommodation close to the market town of Bedale and within easy reach of York and Richmond.
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