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.

Mews End Cottage ref: 23455

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£269-£484

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3 star rating
Mews End Cottage
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Near two wonderful towns, yet tucked away in a historic village, this cottage offers comfortable accommodation filled with charm and character.
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Nethergill Farm - Byre ref: UK2515

Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£549-£989

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4 star rating
A nature lovers paradise! With rare breed sheep and cattle, red squirrels, ancient hay meadows and the River Wharfe all waiting to be explored.
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Cringley Cottage ref: 26843

Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£293-£630

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4 star rating
Set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in upper Wensleydale, guests can discover this historic area with its amazing market towns.
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Wood’s Barn ref: 29924

Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

£339-£855

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3 star rating
Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this cottage is an ideal holiday base for exploring the peaceful countryside.
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Johnnie’s Cottage ref: DC5451

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£308-£531

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4 star rating
Located in the idyllic village of Bainbridge which has many historical links.
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The Old Goat House ref: UK2162

Thornton Rust, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£485-£787

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4 star rating
Watch the sunset over stunning Yorkshire landscape, or explore the impressive Aysgarth Falls.
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    4
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    3
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Bus Stop Cottage ref: CC218141

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£413-£880

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4 star rating
This period property sits in a quiet village two miles west of Aysgarth. The enclosed garden enjoys lovely open, rural views.
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Red Barn ref: UK2111

Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

£264-£729

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4 star rating
This charming property is located in the beer garden of the Wagon and Horses Inn in the lovely market town of Bedale.
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Tiplady Cottage ref: CC211213

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£290-£594

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4 star rating
A character cottage for 4 in the popular Wensleydale village of Bainbridge
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Gill Edge Cottages - 1 Gill Edge Cottages ref: 2017

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£308-£697

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4 star rating
Horse riding treks and lessons are available at the onsite trekking centre or numerous walks abound on the Pennine Way.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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High Bands ref: CC218079

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£684-£1349

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4 star rating
Spacious quality farmhouse in a rural position with stunning views.
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    14
  • Number of Pets
    4
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Old Hall ref: 25712

Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£579-£803

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2 star rating
Set in the Dales National Park and within the quiet, idyllic village of Gayle, this property is the ideal base.
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    9
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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House on the Hill ref: CC218147

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£472-£679

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Hawes on the Pennine Way, this traditional cottage is also close to Wensleydale Creamery.
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    2
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Ground Stones Cottage ref: CC218014

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£554-£1144

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4 star rating
Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views overlooking the Wensleydale fells.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Chapel Cottage ref: UK2285

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£336-£662

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3 star rating
Comfortable and thoughtfully furnished this cottage is an excellent home from which to tour or walk in the Yorkshire Dales’ stunning countryside.
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