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.

Sundial Cottage ref: DC5425

Horsehouse near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£367-£805

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Sundial Cottage
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Perfect location for ‘Dales’ walks and country village pub nearby.
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Yore View ref: DC4803

Moorcock Cottages near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£373-£642

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Lovely views of surrounding countryside with a pub within walking distance.
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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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Church View Cottage ref: CC218071

Fearby near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£329-£592

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Detached single storey holiday home nestling in the heart of the picturesque village of Fearby
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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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Wagtail Cottage ref: CC218091

Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£323-£762

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3 star rating
This charming cottage offers spacious family accommodation in a quaint village setting
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    3
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Harvester Cottages - Obed Hussey’s Cottage ref: 25898

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£272-£659

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Upside-down accommodation perfect for a couple wanting to enjoy the Yorkshire Dales countryside and surrounding villages.
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House on the Hill ref: CC218147

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£489-£686

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Hawes on the Pennine Way, this traditional cottage is also close to Wensleydale Creamery.
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    2
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The Old Post Office ref: CC211187

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£369-£854

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Fully refurbished detached property for 6 nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Bainbridge.
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Hillgarth ref: UK2114

Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£480-£1115

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Hillgarth is a most pleasant holiday home situated in the old-world village of Askrigg, backdrop to the popular TV series ’All Creatures Great and Small’.
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Lawson’s Studio ref: CC218078

Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£287-£611

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4 star rating
Charming cottage in a magnificent setting, the perfect romantic holiday retreat
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    1
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Lilac Cottage ref: 29342

Sedbusk, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£255-£663

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3 star rating
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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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Town Head - Griff Head Cottage ref: KZQ

Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

£477-£936

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4 star rating
Enjoying extensive, stunning views over lovely Coverdale, this beautifully furnished cottage offers cosy accommodation for families.
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Ground Stones Cottage ref: CC218014

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£554-£1144

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Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views overlooking the Wensleydale fells.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Little Bower ref: CC218068

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£297-£499

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3 star rating
Character cottage nestling in quiet backwater close to Hawes town centre
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