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.

Malt Shovel Cottage

4 star rating

Little Crakehall, near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£365-£839

4 star rating
Little Crakehall, near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£839

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Little End House

3 star rating

West Burton, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£355-£595

3 star rating
West Burton, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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£355-£595

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South View

4 star rating

Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£679-£1565

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Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£679-£1565

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

The Nunnery

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£0-£596

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

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Thornhill Cottage

3 star rating

Thornton Steward near Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£359-£745

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Thornton Steward near Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£359-£745

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Cherry Tree Cottage

5 star rating

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£565-£1265

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Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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£565-£1265

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

Poppy’s Footprint

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£323-£598

4 star rating
Middleham, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

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£323-£598

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

Stoney Raise

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£473-£1050

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£473-£1050

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Harvester Cottages - Mr Wetherell’s Cottage

5 star rating

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£515-£1395

5 star rating
Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£515-£1395

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

Middle Cottage

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£329-£569

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£569

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Bushby Cottage

4 star rating

Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£369-£590

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Hardraw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£590

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Stonesdale

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£629-£1369

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£629-£1369

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

Harvester Cottages - Mr McCormick’s Cottage

5 star rating

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£359-£925

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£359-£925

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

The Applery

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£370-£650

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£370-£650

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Ivy Cottage

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£365-£739

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£739

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