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.

Beech Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£909

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Carlton-in-Coverdale near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£909

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Winville Cottage

3 star rating

Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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  • Number of Pets: 1

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£425-£865

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Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£865

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Brandy’s Barn

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£369-£699

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£699

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Watersedge

4 star rating

Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£709

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Gayle, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£709

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Stonesdale

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£740-£1772

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£740-£1772

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Snowdrop Cottage

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Thornton Steward, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£409-£625

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Thornton Steward, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£625

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Riverbank Cottage

4 star rating

Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
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£395-£1025

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Aysgarth, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£395-£1025

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

Cherish Glamping - West Shaw Cote Cottage

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Whitby, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£0-£0

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Whitby, Wensleydale & Area

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

Corner Cottage

3 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£329-£569

3 star rating
Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£569

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Oak Cottage

4 star rating

Buckden, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£445-£839

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Buckden, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£445-£839

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Slater’s Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£935

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£935

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

Thistle Cottage

4 star rating

Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£545-£1305

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Carlton-in-Coverdale, Wensleydale & Area

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£545-£1305

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

The Owlery at Aysgarth

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Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£335-£669

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Aysgarth, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£669

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Greystones Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£339-£655

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Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£655

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Stonecroft

4 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£390-£669

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Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£390-£669

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