Gallivantin Cottage ref: UK12488

Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area



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Conveniently close to both Aysgarth and Hawes, Thornton Rust is the prefect picture postcard village to come and enjoy a slower pace of life, relax and unwind. With a fabulous community spirit, beautiful scenery and walks from your doorstep, it has everything you would want from a Yorkshire Dales holiday. Gallivantin Cottage has been lovingly restored by its owners with meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful touches to make it a memorable stay for all its guests. This stone built cottage is quirky and oozes comfort, character and style. The living room has beams, exposed stonework and a fabulous inglenook fireplace that extends across a full wall, perfect for a cosy winters night in. Step outside and the owners have created a space at the side of the house where you can sit and enjoy the outdoors whether rain or shine.
In the nearby village of Aysgarth, just a 5-minute drive away, you will find a licensed garage and country store. There are two pubs in the village, both serving excellent food and local beers. The wonderfully stocked delicatessen in nearby Leyburn and the creamery at Wensleydale are a food lover’s dream, as are many of the pubs, all serving wonderful local produce. Thornton Rust provides a convenient base for enjoying the great outdoors with many walks accessible from the property and the surrounding villages. From a gentle stroll through sheep filled fields and woodland along the banks of the River Ure, to the more challenging walks to the top of the nearby landmark Penhill. For the more active and keen cyclists, the local roads form part of the annual Tour de Yorkshire.
The cottage is central to all of the attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Nearby Hawes is a market town filled with interesting shops selling local produce, gifts, arts and antiques. The Wensleydale Creamery made famous by the Wallace and Gromit animated series is a worthy visit, with museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant. Along the route back to Leyburn you will pass through a multitude of picture postcard villages. Visit Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle, The Forbidden Corner, complete with follies and surprises, tunnels and chambers all set within a fabulous 4-acre garden, a perfect day out for families. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance. Slate floors and beams throughout.
Living room: With open fire, 42" Freeview Smart TV with Netflix and CD player.
2 steps to...
Kitchen/dining room:
Farmhouse style with electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed, wooden floor and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
3 steps to...
Bedroom 2:
With twin beds, beams and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


LPG central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for open fire included, remainder available locally. Welcome pack.


Covered courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2 miles
  • Distance
    7 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    35 miles
  • Lake
    5 miles

About the local area

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.

Things to do nearby

Upper Wharfedale

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

Wensleydale Creamery

Receiving over 270,000 visitors each year, the Wensleydale Creamery Visitors Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant.

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.


Reeth, in the heart of Swaledale is a honey pot for locals and tourists. It lies where two of North Yorkshire's finest dales meet.

Arkle Moor Riding Centre
Arkle Moor Riding Centre

A small riding centre just outside the dales village of Reeth.

Bolton Castle

Completed in 1399, Bolton Castle has a rich past including connections with Richard III and Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned here in 1568 under orders from Elizabeth I. Open all year round.

River Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

Some great fishing venues including Burnsall, Ilkley and Grassington. Day tickets available.

River Bain
River Bain

Bainbridge is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about two miles!


The thriving market town of Hawes located in the heart of Wensleydale is a typical Yorkshire Dales town full of character and charm.

The Swaledale Museum
The Swaledale Museum

The Swaledale Museum is run by volunteers where displays of local heritage from Swaledale and Arkengarthdale can be viewed.

The Forbidden Corner

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

Great fishing venues include Bainbridge, Hawes and Aysgarth. Day tickets available

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