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.

Cringley Cottage ref: 26843

Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£293-£677

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Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in upper Wensleydale, guests can discover this historic area with its amazing market towns.
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Harvester Cottages - Bell’s Barn ref: 25899

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£301-£954

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All on the ground floor and with wheelchair access and wet room in a wonderful location close to Bedale and Masham.
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Mews End Cottage ref: 23455

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£269-£549

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Near two wonderful towns, yet tucked away in a historic village, this cottage offers comfortable accommodation filled with charm and character.
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Station House ref: CC218069

Spennithorne, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£450-£1176

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4 star rating
Stunning former Station Masters residence with beautiful views and a perfect choice for a special gathering.
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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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Greystones Cottage ref: DC4215

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£301-£620

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Charming barn conversion with views across the fells and woods.
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Rose Cottage ref: CC218122

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£444-£469

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4 star rating
Patio and garden with garden furniture. Parking available outside the property or in the nearby restaurant car park.
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Longdale Cottage ref: CC218139

Marsett near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£297-£674

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A rural, detached period property nestled within a small dale with a wood burning stove and countryside views.
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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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Vine Barn ref: DC3660

Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£353-£594

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Beautiful barn conversion with conservatory and walled garden.
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Weatherfell Cottage ref: CC211206

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£399-£784

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4 star rating
A delightful conversion of an old building tucked away with unrivalled peace and quiet in the centre of Hawes.
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The Old Telephone Exchange ref: CC218070

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£334-£534

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Stunning holiday home, stylishly furnished and decorated just a short stroll from Masham centre
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Wheatside Apartment ref: UK2105

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£317-£597

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4 star rating
This beautiful cottage location provides an idyllic base from which to explore the beauty of the Yorshire Dales National Park.
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Thornhill Cottage ref: CC218037

Thornton Steward near Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

£295-£729

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3 star rating
Delightful cosy cottage, ideal for families or walkers in a rural village location
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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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