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.

Vale Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£375-£679

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Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£679

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Grassgarth Cottage

4 star rating

Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£409-£919

4 star rating
Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£919

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

Wheatside Apartment

3 star rating

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£0-£585

3 star rating
Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£0-£585

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

Mystified Bungalow

4 star rating

Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£1009

4 star rating
Bishopdale, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£1009

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

Beck View

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£375-£865

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

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£375-£865

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

Millstone Cottage

3 star rating

Thornton Watlass near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£329-£589

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Thornton Watlass near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£589

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

Bainbridge Ings House

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£525-£1089

4 star rating
Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£525-£1089

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

Wetherfell Cottage

3 star rating

Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£385-£915

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Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£385-£915

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Lightfoot House

3 star rating

Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£315-£735

3 star rating
Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£315-£735

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

Bumble Barn

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£0-£540

4 star rating
Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£0-£540

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

Kingston House

4 star rating

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£625-£1789

4 star rating
West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£625-£1789

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Drum Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£405-£725

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£405-£725

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

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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£389-£965

3 star rating
Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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£389-£965

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

Dove Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£329-£949

4 star rating
Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£949

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Chapel Cottage

3 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£424-£732

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£424-£732

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