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.

Church View ref: CC211155

Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£289-£569

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3 star rating
Church View
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Church View is a pretty cottage, furnished to a high standard and offering quality holiday accommodation for families and couples. Nestling in a courtyard of just three cottages and only 2 miles from Leyburn.
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Hill Top Farm ref: DC5335

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£2183-£3615

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5 star rating
A large collection of properties ideal for a large group of friends with cinema, games room and gym.
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    10
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Wheatside Apartment ref: UK2105

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£314-£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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Shepherd’s Cottage ref: DC3554

Longshaw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£634-£1200

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4 star rating
Charming Grade II listed stone farmhouse surrounded by open countryside.
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    3
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    3
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The Nunnery ref: E5551

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

£0-£596

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3 star rating
Ideal country hideaway for couples in cosy cottage, great moor and fell walking nearby, and Black Sheep Brewery easily reached.
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    1
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    1
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White Boar Cottage ref: IMX

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£0-£951

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Close to Leyburn and its Forbidden Corner and the town of Richmond dominated by its Norman castle is just 12 miles away.
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Little Thorpe Cottage ref: UKC750

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£370-£839

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With a fantastic open plan social space and an open fire, this property is ideal for families of four wanting to spend time together on holiday.
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The Old Chapel ref: CC218098

Burneston near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£654

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5 star rating
Ideally located in a pretty village location, perfect for exploring this exciting area.
 
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Hendricks Cottage ref: UK2410

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£373-£836

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4 star rating
Return after a day in the Dales to enjoy dining in the fully lit courtyard, with its pizza oven and firepit!
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    3
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    2
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Hayloft ref: CC211118

Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£283-£589

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3 star rating
A first floor apartment refurbished to a high standard offering cosy and welcoming accommodation in a private enclosed 18th Century courtyard.
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    2
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    1
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Lyndhurst Cottage ref: UK2524

Carlton-in-Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£1041-£2354

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5 star rating
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Centrally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, this detached property offers plenty of space for families or groups.
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    10
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Bus Stop Cottage ref: CC218141

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£413-£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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Honeycott at Hawes - Honeycott Cottage ref: W42707

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£356-£641

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4 star rating
Set in the Dales National Park, this cottage lies near to Hawes where guests can enjoy its local selection of amenities.
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    2
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Cringley Cottage ref: 26843

Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£293-£677

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4 star rating
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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    3
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    2
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Penhill View ref: 30777

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£295-£1004

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Wensleydale in the market town of Leyburn - a perfect base for visiting many of Yorkshire’s hidden treasures.
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    1
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    3
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    2
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