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.

Grassgarth Cottage

4 star rating

Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£405-£779

4 star rating
Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£405-£779

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

Chapel House

3 star rating

Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£439-£779

3 star rating
Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£439-£779

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

Fossdale House

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£659-£1299

3 star rating
Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£659-£1299

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Curlew Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£326-£619

3 star rating
Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£326-£619

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

Pound Cottage

3 star rating

Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£355-£679

3 star rating
Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£355-£679

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

Lukes Barn

3 star rating

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£368-£799

3 star rating
near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£368-£799

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

Weatherfell Cottage

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£405-£785

4 star rating
Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£405-£785

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

Gallivantin Cottage

0 star rating

Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£439-£709

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Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£439-£709

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Hollyhock Cottage

4 star rating

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£346-£689

4 star rating
Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£346-£689

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

Daisy Cottage

4 star rating

Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£515-£779

4 star rating
Scruton, near Northallerton, Wensleydale & Area

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£515-£779

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Stable Cottage

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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

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£389-£784

3 star rating
West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£784

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

High House

3 star rating

Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£309-£615

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Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£615

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

Westbrook House

4 star rating

Newbiggin-in-Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£579-£1019

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Newbiggin-in-Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£579-£1019

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Harvester Cottages - Mr McCormick’s Cottage

5 star rating

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£349-£815

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£349-£815

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Bushby Cottage

4 star rating

Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£380-£599

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Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£380-£599

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0