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.

Lilac Cottage

4 star rating

Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£375-£1019

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Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£1019

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

Tiplady Cottage

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£755

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£755

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

Shepherd’s Cottage

4 star rating

Longshaw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£680-£1279

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Longshaw near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£680-£1279

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

Elm Cottage

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Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£399-£905

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Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£399-£905

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

The Nunnery

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£0-£596

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Yorkshire, Wensleydale & Area

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£0-£596

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

The Mews

4 star rating

Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£365-£749

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Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£749

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Bridge End Cottage

4 star rating

West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£319-£525

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West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£319-£525

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

Cringley Cottage

4 star rating

Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£295-£399

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Askrigg, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£295-£399

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Stags Fell Cottage

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£430-£819

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£430-£819

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

Timbessie Barn

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£695-£845

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£695-£845

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

Cherish Glamping - Swallow

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Whitby, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£0-£0

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Whitby, Wensleydale & Area

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

Brooklands Cottage

4 star rating

Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£309-£639

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Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£639

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

Springwood

4 star rating

Worton near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£449-£909

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Worton near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£449-£909

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

The Chapel Cottage

4 star rating

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£645-£1135

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Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£645-£1135

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

The Old Chapel

4 star rating

Thoralby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£605-£1329

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Thoralby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£605-£1329

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