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.

Town Head - Town Head Cottage ref: KKP

Melmerby, Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

£513-£982

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Town Head - Town Head Cottage
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Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this charming cottage enjoys extensive, stunning views over lovely Coverdale.
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South View ref: CC211232

Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£633-£1374

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Centrally located in the village of Thoralby, this property is bursting with history and character, close to the towns of Hawes and Leyburn.
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Chapel End ref: CC211194

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£409-£819

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A semi detached chapel conversion in a premier position overlooking the village green.
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Mystified Bungalow ref: UKC254

Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£325-£733

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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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Parkgate Cottage ref: CC218099

Constable Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£280-£479

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A quaint cottage with a beamed living room, surrounded by attractive grounds, the ideal base for a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.
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Holly Cottage ref: B5776

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

£334-£789

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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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Burnside View ref: CC211228

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£331-£679

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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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Middlegate Cottage ref: UK2168

Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£357-£617

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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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Drum Cottage ref: CC218126

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£318-£629

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Tastefully decorated cottage with a pretty terraced patio
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Lilac Cottage ref: 29342

Sedbusk, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£273-£648

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Enjoying fantastic views from its beautiful garden, guests will find this the ideal spot to relax in after a day of adventure.
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Poppy’s Footprint ref: E4199

Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

£311-£561

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In the shadow of Richard III’s castle, circular, romantic retreat, with walled suntrap garden, Wensleydale country walks from the door.
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Parr Cottage ref: DC4556

Snape near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£483-£758

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Contemporary stable conversion in an historic village location ideal for exploring the Dales.
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Ham Hall Cottages - Primrose Cottage ref: UK2406

Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

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With easy access to the A1, this single-storey property enjoys a rural location and makes a great touring base.
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The Old Chapel ref: UK2146

Thoralby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£470-£1204

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This former chapel has been furnished to provide delectable accommodation, within a spectacular location, ideal for walking enthusiasts who are looking for a holiday filled with adventure.
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Roof Stones Cottage ref: CC218013

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£255-£884

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Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views overlooking the Wensleydale fells.
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