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.

Bus Stop Cottage

4 star rating

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
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£455-£939

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Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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£455-£939

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The Farmhouse

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£379-£919

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£919

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The Applery

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£321-£669

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Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£321-£669

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Elm Cottage

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Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£375-£885

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Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£885

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Corner Cottage

3 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£284-£569

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Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£284-£569

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Malt Shovel Cottage

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Little Crakehall, near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£365-£759

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Little Crakehall, near Bedale, Wensleydale & Area

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£365-£759

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Bridge End Cottage

4 star rating

West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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£279-£445

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West Scrafton near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£279-£445

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

Ground Stones Cottage

4 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£495-£1209

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£495-£1209

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

The Old Post Office

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£349-£830

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Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£349-£830

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

Ellerlands

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£299-£655

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£299-£655

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

Craven House

4 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£415-£739

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West Burton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£415-£739

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Holly Cottage

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Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£299-£769

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Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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£299-£769

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Spring Cottage

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£317-£649

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£317-£649

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Sybil’s Cottage

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 4

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£304-£609

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£304-£609

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 4

Wheatside Apartment

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£319-£549

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Carperby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£319-£549

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