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.

Swan Cottage

4 star rating

Fearby, near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£510-£1076

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Fearby, near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£510-£1076

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Vine Barn

4 star rating

Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£406-£620

4 star rating
Bellerby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£406-£620

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Clarksville

3 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£365-£830

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£830

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

Skellgill House

3 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£340-£880

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£340-£880

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

Beech Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£289-£805

4 star rating
Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£289-£805

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

Gardenwell Cottage

4 star rating

Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£365-£729

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Burtersett, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£729

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

Bridge End Cottage

4 star rating

West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£269-£485

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West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£269-£485

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

The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£839

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£839

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

The Granary

0 star rating

Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£518-£980

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£518-£980

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

Stable Cottage

3 star rating

Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£239-£525

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Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£239-£525

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

Watermill Cottage

4 star rating

Little Crakehall near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£336-£730

4 star rating
Little Crakehall near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£336-£730

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

Mason Cottage

0 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£295-£589

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£295-£589

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Thwaite Bridge Cottage

4 star rating

near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£575-£1170

4 star rating
near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£575-£1170

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