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.

Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary ref: UK2117

East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£843-£2237

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5 star rating
Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary
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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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  • Bedrooms
    5
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    4
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Stonecroft ref: CC211176

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£334-£634

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4 star rating
Stonecroft is a traditional, 18th century stone cottage
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Barnhouse ref: W42980

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£518-£1424

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4 star rating
With easy access for walks over the Moors or even to the nearby market town, this property is an ideal base.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Barn Owl Cottage ref: DC1178

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£409-£806

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4 star rating
Old stone cottage with original features situated in the picturesque town of Masham.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Timbessie Barn ref: CC211198

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£549-£764

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4 star rating
Timbessie Barn is a characterful barn conversion set in the heart of the beautifully traditional Yorkshire Dales village of Carperby.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
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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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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Brandy’s Barn ref: UK2175

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£334-£653

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4 star rating
Perfect for a romantic break away, this detached cottage provides a delightful base for guests looking to explore this extensive location.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Lilac Cottage ref: CC218144

Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£336-£1000

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4 star rating
A pretty stone cottage in the conservation village of Redmire. Enjoy walks to Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle and Leyburn.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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1 The Old Coach House ref: CC211147

Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£665

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4 star rating
Occupying an elevated position with commanding breathtaking views, the property offers cosy and welcoming holiday accommodation.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Tarn House ref: CC211246

Widdale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£353-£971

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4 star rating
A Grade II listed semi-detached cottage located in a quiet dale close to a red squirrel nature trail. Hawes, just over a mile away, provides a great range of pubs, shops and the famous Wensleydale Creamery!
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Barn Cottage ref: DC2532

Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£254-£514

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3 star rating
Farm conversions in a quiet courtyard with a village pub within walking distance.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Barn Cottage ref: CC218135

Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£299-£627

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4 star rating
17th Century cottage overlooking village green. Perfect for exploring the Dales and Moors of North Yorkshire.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bus Stop Cottage ref: CC218141

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£402-£880

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4 star rating
This period property sits in a quiet village two miles west of Aysgarth. The enclosed garden enjoys lovely open, rural views.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Stable Cottage ref: E5118

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

£388-£834

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3 star rating
Spacious family apartment with woodburner, ideal location for family days out, with Forbidden Corner and Lightwater Valley theme park nearby.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Daisy Cottage ref: UK2407

Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

£343-£725

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4 star rating
Surrounded by the Dales and North York Moors, this is a fantastic location for outdoor lovers!
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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