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.

Hollyhock Cottage

4 star rating

Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£669

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Thorns near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£669

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

Harvester Cottages - Bell’s Barn

5 star rating

Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£374-£995

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£374-£995

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

East House Farm

3 star rating

Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£549-£1495

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Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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£549-£1495

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 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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£539-£1055

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£539-£1055

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

The Studio

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£285-£455

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£455

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

Greystones Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£355-£635

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Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£355-£635

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

Mason Cottage

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£589

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£589

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

Castle Cottage

4 star rating

Hornby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£375-£579

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Hornby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£579

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

Harvester Cottages - Obed Hussey’s Cottage

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£669

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Kirkbridge, near Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£669

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

Skellgill House

3 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£348-£880

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£348-£880

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

Curlew Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£326-£600

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Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£326-£600

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

The Barnhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£595-£1485

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£595-£1485

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

Bankside

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£465-£919

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£465-£919

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

School Cottage

4 star rating

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

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

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£355-£599

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

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£355-£599

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

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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£415-£915

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Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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£415-£915

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