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.

Barn Cottage

4 star rating

Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£319-£655

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Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£319-£655

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Church Manor

5 star rating

Carlton in Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£725-£1479

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Carlton in Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£725-£1479

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Winville Cottage

3 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£425-£875

3 star rating
Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£875

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

High Bands

4 star rating

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 4

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£703-£1419

4 star rating
Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£703-£1419

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 4

Hill Top Farm

5 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 20
  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Bathrooms: 9
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£3410

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£0-£3410

Sleeps: 20 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 9 Pets: 0

Fossdale House

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£680-£1299

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Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£680-£1299

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Wagtail Cottage

3 star rating

Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£369-£835

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Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£835

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Aysgill Cottage

4 star rating

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£400-£689

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£400-£689

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Greystones Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£339-£655

3 star rating
Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£655

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Chapel House

3 star rating

Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£525-£865

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Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£525-£865

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Coddiwomple

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£459-£1125

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£459-£1125

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Pry House Farm Cottages - The Sheep Fold

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£455-£935

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£455-£935

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary

5 star rating

East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£695-£2569

5 star rating
East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£695-£2569

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 1

The Studio

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£275-£489

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£275-£489

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

The Owlery at Aysgarth

5 star rating

Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£335-£669

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Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£669

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0