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.

The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£879

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£879

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Bushby Cottage

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Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£369-£590

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Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£590

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

Green View Cottage

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£436-£940

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£436-£940

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

Roseview

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Snape near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£496-£830

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Snape near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£496-£830

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Bellypig Cottage

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Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£319-£715

3 star rating
Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£319-£715

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

Wedgewood Cottage

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£279-£279

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£279-£279

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School Cottage

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Newbiggin-in-Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£345-£595

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Newbiggin-in-Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£595

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

Kirk Close

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£373-£790

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£373-£790

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

Brackenberry Cottage

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£389-£590

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£590

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

Elm Rise

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£460-£920

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£460-£920

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

Gill Edge Cottages - 2 Gill Edge Cottages

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Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£999

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Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£999

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

Crag View

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Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£309-£695

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Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£695

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

Town Head - Griff Head Cottage

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Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£479-£965

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Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

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£479-£965

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

High Dale Cottage

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Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£269-£575

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Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£269-£575

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

3, School House

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£365-£775

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£775

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