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.

Pound Cottage ref: UK2322

Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£354-£596

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This is the perfect location for walkers and cyclists to explore this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Harvester Cottages - Mr McCormick’s Cottage ref: 25900

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£295-£893

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With a woodburner and underfloor heating this cottage make a cosy retreat to return to after a busy day exploring the Yorkshire Dales.
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The Applery ref: CC218086

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£359-£634

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This luxurious apartment offers contemporary living at its best in a charming location
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Red Barn ref: UK2111

Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£264-£779

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This charming property is located in the beer garden of the Wagon and Horses Inn in the lovely market town of Bedale.
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Gardenwell Cottage ref: UK2054

Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£360-£675

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Enjoy a walk along the nearby Pennine Way, or explore the many quaint towns and villages. This delightful property sits in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Prospect House ref: UK2156

Thoralby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£570-£1346

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Nestled amongst rich meadows, woodland and pasture with views to Bishopdale this spacious semi-detached property is a real treat for anyone wishing to explore Swaledale and Wensleydale.
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The Nunnery ref: E5551

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

£0-£596

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Ideal country hideaway for couples in cosy cottage, great moor and fell walking nearby, and Black Sheep Brewery easily reached.
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High House ref: CC218109

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£346-£633

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Wonderful stone cottage, having the added benefit of a games room for your enjoyment.
 
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Gayle Farmhouse ref: DC0636

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£397-£717

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Rosemary Cottage ref: UK2018

Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£370-£1094

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Located in a quiet village, this property is the ideal base to discover Leyburn and the surrounding area on foot, bike or in the car.
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Dove Cottage ref: 24006

Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

£277-£831

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This home away from home, allows guests to relax and explore the area from its castle, local amenities and its countryside.
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The Loft ref: CC218111

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£354-£609

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The Loft and The Applery are two contemporary apartments that make up the east wing of the owners country house the Orchard. Set in tranquil surroundings you also benefit from the close proximity to the thriving market town of Leyburn with all...
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Middlegate Cottage ref: UK2168

Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£294-£329

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This delightful cottage is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, ideal for exploring this wonderful area.
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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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Crayke House ref: UK2382

Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£470-£1087

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Nestled on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, Crayke House is a great choice to explore the hills and dales.
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