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.

Cattlemarket Cottage ref: CC218030

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£284-£609

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Cattlemarket Cottage
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Perfectly situated in the market town of Hawes - an ideal spot from which to explore the area.
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Mill House**Bellerby ref: CC218067

Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£289-£634

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Superbly situated opposite the Old Mill and stream enjoying a picturesque cottage garden
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Sundial Cottage ref: DC5425

Horsehouse near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£367-£805

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4 star rating
Perfect location for ‘Dales’ walks and country village pub nearby.
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Beck House ref: CC218134

Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£309-£582

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In a stunning hidden valley, this 17th Century cottage offers wonderful views, solitude and great walking. Paradise for bird watchers with owls, birds of prey, curlew and grouse in the area.
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Vale Cottage ref: CC218020

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£317-£638

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Cosy holiday home in the centre of the popular historic town of Middleham
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Vine Barn ref: DC3660

Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£353-£594

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Beautiful barn conversion with conservatory and walled garden.
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Barn Cottage ref: CC218135

Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

£299-£627

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17th Century cottage overlooking village green. Perfect for exploring the Dales and Moors of North Yorkshire.
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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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Holly Cottage ref: B5776

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

£311-£812

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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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Stoney Raise ref: CC211109

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£452-£1027

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Situated in the heart of Wensleydale, Stony Raise provides an excellent base for a holiday home.
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White Boar Cottage ref: IMX

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£406-£573

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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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Swallowdale ref: DC4000

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£581-£1026

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Spacious detached stone bungalow with open fire and walks from the door.
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Waterfall Cottage ref: UK2157

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£288-£706

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This property is the ideal base for walkers and cyclists alike, with walks and cycle paths leading from the doorstep, into the the Yorkshire Dales.
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The Manor House ref: CC218128

Bainbridge, Wensleydale & Area

£539-£1394

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4 star rating
Charming property overlooking the village green with walks from the doorstep.
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Parr Cottage ref: DC4556

Snape near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£0-£737

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Contemporary stable conversion in an historic village location ideal for exploring the Dales.
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