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-£1111

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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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Pen Hill View ref: DC4658

Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£331-£608

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Close to Aysgarth Falls in a village location with country inns.
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Plumthwaite ref: UK2212

Dent, near Sedbergh, Wensleydale & Area

£340-£648

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Located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but close to the Cumbrian border, Plumthwaite offers great walking opportunities, with stunning landscapes.
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High House ref: CC218035

Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£299-£681

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High House sits quietly at the top of the tranquil village of Sedbusk in the Yorkshire Dales
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Skellgill Barn ref: DC4562

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£298-£540

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Cosy barn conversion with beautiful countryside views.
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Wood’s Barn ref: 29924

Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

£339-£872

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Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this cottage is an ideal holiday base for exploring the peaceful countryside.
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Brunskill Cottage ref: DC4485

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£344-£621

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Traditional stone cottage with south facing garden.
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3, School House ref: UK2062

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£345-£637

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This lovely converted school is in the charming village of West Witton, with views of the Yorkshire Dales.
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Beech Cottage ref: CC218142

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£285-£796

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A truly rural cottage with open fire and gardens with a stream running beside. Fantastic location for a walking holiday in the heart of the Dales.
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Oak Cottage ref: UK2325

Buckden, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£337-£784

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Situated in the Yorkshire Dales National park, ideal for walking and cycling, or take a journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
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East House Farm ref: UK2213

Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

£451-£1227

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Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this cottage is an ideal holiday base for exploring the peaceful countryside.
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The Smithy ref: CC218103

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£656

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Beautiful barn conversion oozing with charm and character - the perfect holiday location
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The Barn, Oak Tree Farm ref: UK2475

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£529-£1148

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Tastefully decorated with sumptuous furnishings. The owners have taken care of your every need.
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Timbessie Barn ref: CC211198

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£549-£764

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Timbessie Barn is a characterful barn conversion set in the heart of the beautifully traditional Yorkshire Dales village of Carperby.
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Ivy Cottage ref: CC218125

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£294-£726

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Stylish cottage with multi fuel stove. Central location with easy access to all amenities
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