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.

Brunskill Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£370-£659

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Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£370-£659

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Brackenberry Cottage

3 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£370-£609

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£370-£609

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Gallivantin Cottage

5 star rating

Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£489-£799

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Thornton Rust, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£489-£799

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Bus Stop Cottage

4 star rating

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£445-£985

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Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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£445-£985

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School Cottage

4 star rating

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

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£629

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

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£345-£629

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Stable Cottage

3 star rating

Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£305-£575

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Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£575

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

The Old Goat House

4 star rating

Thornton Rust, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£539-£545

4 star rating
Thornton Rust, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£539-£545

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

Pound Cottage

3 star rating

Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
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£365-£565

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Newbiggin, near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£565

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Gran’s Cottage

4 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£309-£655

4 star rating
Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£655

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

Paddock House

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£635-£1665

4 star rating
Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£635-£1665

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

The Barnhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£609-£1535

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£609-£1535

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

1 Waterfall Cottage

3 star rating

West Burton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£589

3 star rating
West Burton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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The Old Chapel

4 star rating

Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 2

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£335-£675

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Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£675

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

Church View Cottage

4 star rating

Fearby near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£605

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Fearby near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£605

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Burnside View

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£0-£654

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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