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.

Corner Cottage

3 star rating

Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£529-£785

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Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£529-£785

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Gallivantin Cottage

5 star rating

Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£489-£805

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Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£489-£805

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Beech Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£369-£1009

4 star rating
Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£1009

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Temple House

5 star rating

West Burton, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1119-£1849

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West Burton, Wensleydale & Area

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£1119-£1849

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Harvey’s Hideaway 2

4 star rating

Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£449-£775

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Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£449-£775

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Waters Edge Apartment, The Mill

3 star rating

West Burton, near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£299-£579

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West Burton, near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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£299-£579

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Greystones Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£389-£905

3 star rating
Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£905

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

Riverbank Cottage

4 star rating

Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£799-£905

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Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£799-£905

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

The Mews

4 star rating

Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£445-£1145

4 star rating
Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£445-£1145

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Brooklands Cottage

4 star rating

Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£425-£725

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Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£725

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

Town Head - Griff Head Cottage

4 star rating

Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£455-£1419

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Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

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£455-£1419

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Minton Cottage

4 star rating

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£285-£1069

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Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£1069

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

Harvester Cottages - Bell’s Barn

5 star rating

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£345-£1569

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£1569

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

Dales Barn Top

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£349-£1125

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£349-£1125

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Dalesend Cotages - Tack Room Cottage

5 star rating

Patrick Brompton, Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£609-£1799

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Patrick Brompton, Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£609-£1799

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