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.

Bainbridge Ings House

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£519-£1085

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£519-£1085

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Ham Hall Cottages - Primrose Cottage

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Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£465-£665

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Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

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£465-£665

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House on the Hill

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£569-£815

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£569-£815

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Penthwaite

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£889-£1495

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£889-£1495

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

Kingston House

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£705-£1789

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£705-£1789

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Timbessie Barn

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£695-£879

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£695-£879

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Poppy’s Footprint

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£339-£639

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£639

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

The Smithy

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£409-£735

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£735

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

Harvester Cottages - Obed Hussey’s Cottage

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£695

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£695

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

Cringley Cottage

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Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£295-£825

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Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£295-£825

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

Lake View

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Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£305-£565

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Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£565

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

Gayle Farmhouse

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£399-£805

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£399-£805

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3

Yore View

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Moorcock Cottages near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£369-£629

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Moorcock Cottages near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£629

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

Stonehaven Cottage

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Nosterfield, near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£305-£695

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Nosterfield, near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£695

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The Paddock

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East Witton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£339-£719

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East Witton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£719

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0