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.

Aysgill Cottage

4 star rating

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£419-£885

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£419-£885

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The Smithy

4 star rating

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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  • Number of Pets: 2

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£409-£1009

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£1009

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Curlew Barn

4 star rating

near Middleham, Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£475-£1279

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near Middleham, Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£475-£1279

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

Dove Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£315-£1259

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Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£315-£1259

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The Owlery at Aysgarth

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Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£389-£825

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Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£825

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Clarksville

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£449-£1035

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£449-£1035

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

Thorpe Cottage

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Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£795

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Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£795

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The Loft

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£409-£679

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£679

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Timbessie Barn

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£695-£1085

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£695-£1085

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

Swallowdale

4 star rating

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£635-£635

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Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£635-£635

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

Thistle Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£865-£1935

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Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

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£865-£1935

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Preston Mill Barn

4 star rating

Wensley, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£395-£705

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Wensley, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£395-£705

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The Paddock

4 star rating

East Witton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£399-£1039

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East Witton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£399-£1039

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

Thirdale House

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£0-£0

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Carlton-in-Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£0-£0

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

Church Manor

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Carlton in Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£1095-£1769

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Carlton in Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£1095-£1769

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