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.

Dear Cottage

3 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£635

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£635

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Leyburn Retreat

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
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£389-£789

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£789

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Barbican Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£479-£1175

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Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£479-£1175

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Aysgill Cottage

4 star rating

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£400-£689

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£400-£689

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3 Winville Mews

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£379-£825

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£825

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Greystones Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£329-£755

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Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£755

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Yore View

3 star rating

Moorcock Cottages near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£400-£679

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Moorcock Cottages near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£400-£679

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Church View Cottage

4 star rating

Hunton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£385-£739

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Hunton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£385-£739

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Clarksville

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£379-£849

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£849

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Cottontail Cottage

4 star rating

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£399-£689

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Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£399-£689

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Chapel End

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
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£469-£909

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£469-£909

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Riverbank Cottage

4 star rating

Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£395-£939

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Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£395-£939

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The Bolthole

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£649

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£649

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Bus Stop Cottage

4 star rating

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£0-£830

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Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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1 The Old Coach House

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Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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