The Moorcock Drey - The Moorcock Inn ref: UK39140

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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Situated at the gateway to both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, the Moorcock Inn is an ideal place to stay whether you are seeking a relaxing retreat or a walking/cycling holiday. A short drive into Wensleydale will take you to Hawes, an old market town where a walk down the cobbled streets will lead you to the local shops or up to the Wensleydale Creamery, home to the famous cheeses. The rope makers and the Dales Countryside museum are also worth a visit as is the local market which takes place every Tuesday.
For train enthusiasts, the Dandry Mire/Moorcock Viaduct is visible from the Moorcock and only a short walk away. This is part of the commercial Settle to Carlisle line and includes regular steam hauled services. With its 12 arches, it stands 50ft high, 227 yards long and is a spectacular sight. Another few miles will take you down to Aysgarth Falls which are a must see for anyone new to the area. Bolton Castle is an impressive sight, particularly at night when it is lit up and can be seen from miles around, and by day it is an interesting place to visit as the site where Mary Queen of Scots was once held prisoner. The village of Askrigg can be of particular interest to any James Herriot fans as the setting for All Creatures Great and Small, as can Hardraw Force as the setting for the famous waterfall scene from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
Heading back up into Cumbria, Kendal home of the famous Mint cake, is well worth a visit, as is Pendragon Castle, once owned by King Arthur. Driving over the infamous ’coal road’ from Garsdale Station takes you to Dent, a beautiful small town which gives the feeling of stepping back in time and a trip on the historic Settle to Carlisle railway is something that certainly should be experienced For those travelling by train and arriving at Garsdale station there is some handy local transport. The Little White Bus is a great way to get from the station to the Moorcock, it’s always waiting at the station when trains are due to arrive and it is not costly. It is also possible to call the bus for trips into Hawes and beyond and the driver will simply tell you where he is, if he can make it and how long it will be!

For a sociable event you will have use of the traditional bar and you can pre-order a keg or two by arrangement with the owner (extra fee payable), however there are no spirits, wines or mixers available.
The Moorcock Inn (UK39140) can be booked together with The Drey (UK39556) to accommodate up to 15 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

6 steps to entrance.
Living/dining room: With wood burner and Freesat TV.
Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine and Freesat TV.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With ¾ double bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, single bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With double bed, single bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 5: With double bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 6: With single bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

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Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.


Back garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Children’s play area. Private parking for 10 cars. No smoking. Please note: 6 steps in garden, open to the road.
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  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
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  • Lake

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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


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.

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.

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

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

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.


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.

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 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!

River Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

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

River Ure - Day Tickets
River Ure - Day Tickets

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

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.

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