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.

Old Hall

2 star rating

Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 4
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£585-£945

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Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£585-£945

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3, School House

4 star rating

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£425-£819

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£819

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The Bolthole

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£615

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£615

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Pound Cottage

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Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£355-£635

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Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£355-£635

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Tarn House

4 star rating

Widdale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£425-£945

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Widdale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£945

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Station House

4 star rating

Spennithorne, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£545-£1185

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Spennithorne, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£545-£1185

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

Barn Cottage

4 star rating

Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£339-£645

4 star rating
Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£645

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Tiplady Cottage

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£399-£689

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£399-£689

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

Wetherfell Cottage

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Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£439-£845

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Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£439-£845

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Chapel Cottage

4 star rating

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£619

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£619

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

Slater’s Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£425-£839

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£839

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Red Barn

4 star rating

Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£329-£819

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Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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Brandy’s Barn

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 1

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£405-£665

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£405-£665

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Holly Cottage

4 star rating

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£349-£849

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Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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£349-£849

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

Hayloft

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Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£595

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Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£595

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