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.

The Old Goat House

4 star rating

Thornton Rust, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£519-£815

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Thornton Rust, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£519-£815

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Old Hall

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Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£585-£947

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Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£585-£947

Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Honeycott at Hawes - Honeycott Cottage

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£339-£559

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£559

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Lavender Cottage

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£425-£785

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£785

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Town Head - Town Head Cottage

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Melmerby, Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£515-£1115

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Melmerby, Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

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£515-£1115

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

Carriage House

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West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£359-£778

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West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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£359-£778

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

3, School House

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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  • Number of Pets: 1

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£375-£789

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£789

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

The Studio

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£265-£435

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£265-£435

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

Burnside View

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£759

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£759

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Pry House Farm Cottages - The Sheep Fold

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£445-£825

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£445-£825

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Wagtail Cottage

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Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£385-£785

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Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£385-£785

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

Elm Rise

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£414-£920

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£414-£920

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

Lilac Cottage

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Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£427-£965

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Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£427-£965

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

Pennycress Cottage

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£375-£595

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£595

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

Lyndhurst Cottage

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Carlton-in-Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1045-£2459

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Carlton-in-Coverdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£1045-£2459

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2