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.

Middle Cottage

4 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£275-£569

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£275-£569

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Stable Cottage

3 star rating

Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£239-£535

3 star rating
Harmby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£239-£535

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Chapel House

3 star rating

Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£435-£779

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Grisedale near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£435-£779

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

Beckside

3 star rating

Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£329-£529

3 star rating
Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£329-£529

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

Brunskill Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£353-£640

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Simonstone, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£353-£640

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

Rosemary Cottage

4 star rating

Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£409-£1125

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Redmire near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£409-£1125

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

Barbican Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£475-£1179

4 star rating
Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£475-£1179

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

The Smithy

4 star rating

Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£325-£670

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Finghall near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£325-£670

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

Curlew Barn

4 star rating

near Middleham, Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£365-£779

4 star rating
near Middleham, Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£779

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

The Barn, Oak Tree Farm

5 star rating

West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£559-£1215

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West Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£559-£1215

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

The Mews

4 star rating

Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£339-£795

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Near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£795

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

The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£379-£879

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£879

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

Green View Cottage

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£436-£940

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£436-£940

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

Oak Cottage

4 star rating

Buckden, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£445-£799

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Buckden, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£445-£799

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

Ellerlands

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£289-£599

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£289-£599

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