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.

Elm Cottage

3 star rating

Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£288-£875

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Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£288-£875

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Hillsborough

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£292-£685

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£292-£685

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

South View

4 star rating

Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£525-£1499

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Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£525-£1499

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 1

Mason Cottage

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£297-£584

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£297-£584

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

Swallowdale

4 star rating

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£581-£1060

4 star rating
Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£581-£1060

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Deerclose West Farmhouse

4 star rating

Horsehouse, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£1415-£2819

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Horsehouse, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£1415-£2819

Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 0

Church View Cottage

4 star rating

Fearby near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£329-£595

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Fearby near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£595

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

Sundial Cottage

4 star rating

Horsehouse near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£392-£830

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Horsehouse near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£392-£830

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Watermill Cottage

4 star rating

Little Crakehall near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£318-£709

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Little Crakehall near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£318-£709

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

Beech Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£285-£806

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Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£806

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

Wood’s Barn

3 star rating

Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£339-£885

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Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£885

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

Clarksville

3 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£324-£842

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£324-£842

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

Roof Stones Cottage

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£395-£1044

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£395-£1044

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

Elm Rise

4 star rating

Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£405-£825

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£405-£825

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

Stonesdale

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£565-£1220

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£565-£1220

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2