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.

Station House ref: CC218069

Spennithorne, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£553-£1165

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4 star rating
Station House
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Stunning former Station Masters residence with beautiful views and a perfect choice for a special gathering.
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Waters Edge Apartment, The Mill ref: 2194

West Burton, near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

£223-£563

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3 star rating
This apartment will be a quiet haven for couples, providing a comfortable retreat with charming views within the Yorkshire Dales.
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Springwood ref: CC218057

Worton near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£348-£784

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4 star rating
Detached stone built house with mature gardens and stunning views.
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Bushby Cottage ref: DC4406

Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£360-£515

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4 star rating
Spectacular views of the countryside and the Pennine Way close by.
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Old Hall ref: 25712

Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£439-£924

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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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Johnnie’s Cottage ref: DC5451

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£293-£596

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4 star rating
Located in the idyllic village of Bainbridge which has many historical links.
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Fossdale House ref: DC4943

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£641-£1187

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3 star rating
Comfortable cottage in peaceful hamlet, ideal for walking and touring.
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Honeycott at Hawes - Honeycott Cottage ref: W42707

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£347-£622

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4 star rating
Set in the Dales National Park, this cottage lies near to Hawes where guests can enjoy its local selection of amenities.
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Stonesdale ref: CC218040

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£536-£959

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4 star rating
Superb holiday home situated in the picturesque village of Hawes commanding excellent views.
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Roof Stones Cottage ref: CC218013

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£416-£1004

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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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    3
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Lake View ref: CC218003

Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£267-£479

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3 star rating
Cosy retreat in the heart of Wensleydale overlooking small wildlife lake.
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    2
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    1
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    1
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Brunskill Cottage ref: DC4485

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

£344-£604

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3 star rating
Traditional stone cottage with south facing garden.
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Lukes Barn ref: DC1675

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

£413-£725

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3 star rating
Spacious converted traditional stone barn with walks from the door.
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Penhill View ref: 30777

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

£286-£947

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4 star rating
Set in the heart of Wensleydale in the market town of Leyburn - a perfect base for visiting many of Yorkshire’s hidden treasures.
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The Old Post Office ref: 29403

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

£0-£962

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4 star rating
Just 7 miles away from Leyburn, this holiday property is located in the Yorkshire Dales, ideal for exploring the countryside.
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    4
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