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.

Kirklea Cottage ref: CC218024

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£321-£508

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Kirklea Cottage
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Situated at the top of the picturesque village of Askrigg in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales
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Middle Cottage ref: UK2566

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£261-£565

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Nestled in the pretty village of West Burton, this cosy cottage has walks from the door and is close to the market town of Leyburn.
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Little End House ref: KCM

West Burton, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

£304-£663

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Considered by some as ’the most beautiful village in England’, visitors will experience the beauty and discover the charm of West Burton.
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Bellypig Cottage ref: CC211131

Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£312-£669

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Bellypig Cottage is perfectly positioned for the outdoor enthusiast, with breathtaking walks within the immediate area.
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Wren Cottage ref: CC211239

Patrick Brompton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£325-£685

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Relax and enjoy a romantic break in this cosy cottage, or venture out and visit many picturesque market towns and beautiful scenery.
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Stonecroft ref: CC211176

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£359-£634

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Stonecroft is a traditional, 18th century stone cottage
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Nethergill Farm - Hay Mew ref: UK2514

Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£549-£982

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Escape to the country on this 400 acre farm surrounded by wildlife and with open fields and fells and explore.
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Swan Cottage ref: UKC1214

Fearby, near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£409-£1047

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Next to the owners village pub, Swan Cottage offers a great base to explore North Yorkshire.
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Stable Cottage ref: E5118

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

£388-£834

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Spacious family apartment with woodburner, ideal location for family days out, with Forbidden Corner and Lightwater Valley theme park nearby.
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Middlegate Cottage ref: UK2168

Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£294-£329

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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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The Old Telephone Exchange ref: CC218070

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

£334-£534

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Stunning holiday home, stylishly furnished and decorated just a short stroll from Masham centre
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Greystones Cottage ref: DC4215

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£301-£620

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Charming barn conversion with views across the fells and woods.
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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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The Farmhouse ref: W42979

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£837

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In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Farmhouse enjoys breathtaking views of the beautiful surrounding open-countryside.
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The Old Chapel ref: CC218098

Burneston near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£364-£654

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Ideally located in a pretty village location, perfect for exploring this exciting area.
 
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