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.

Wedgewood Cottage

3 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£335-£579

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Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£579

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Wagtail Cottage

3 star rating

Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£359-£779

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Sedbusk near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£359-£779

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

Lilac Cottage

4 star rating

Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£409-£999

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Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£999

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

The Smithy

4 star rating

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£375-£670

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£670

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

Pry House Farm Cottages - The Stable

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£369-£609

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£369-£609

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Jack’s Cottage

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Worton near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£379-£785

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Worton near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£785

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Millstone Cottage

3 star rating

Thornton Watlass near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£309-£570

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Thornton Watlass near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£570

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

Barn Owl Cottage

4 star rating

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£446-£830

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Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£446-£830

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Dove Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£809

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Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£809

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Riverdale

4 star rating

Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£455-£929

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Bainbridge, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£455-£929

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

The Old Telephone Exchange

3 star rating

Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£345-£550

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Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£550

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Hillgarth

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£595-£1159

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Askrigg, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£595-£1159

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

The Old Post Office

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£425-£885

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£425-£885

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Lawson’s Studio

4 star rating

Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£365-£629

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Castle Bolton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£629

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

Dear Cottage

3 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£625

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£625

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