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.

Elm Cottage

3 star rating

Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£335-£875

3 star rating
Oughtershaw, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£875

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Skellgill Barn

3 star rating

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£305-£560

3 star rating
near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£560

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

Bus Stop Cottage

4 star rating

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£414-£910

4 star rating
Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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£414-£910

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

Coach House

3 star rating

West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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

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£289-£788

3 star rating
West Burton, near Leyburn, , Wensleydale & Area

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£289-£788

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

Lilac Cottage

3 star rating

Sedbusk, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£295-£675

3 star rating
Sedbusk, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£295-£675

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

South View

4 star rating

Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£675-£1499

4 star rating
Thoralby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£675-£1499

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

Lake View

3 star rating

Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£335-£505

3 star rating
Woodhall near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£335-£505

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

Lightfoot House

3 star rating

Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£345-£649

3 star rating
Redmire, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£345-£649

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

Penhill View

4 star rating

Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£379-£969

4 star rating
Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£379-£969

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

Vale Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£375-£675

4 star rating
Middleham near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£375-£675

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

Hayloft

3 star rating

Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£309-£599

3 star rating
Spennithorne near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£599

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

Dove Cottage

4 star rating

Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£285-£835

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Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£835

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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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£555-£1419

3 star rating
Beckermonds, near Kettlewell, Wensleydale & Area

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£555-£1419

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

Town Head - Griff Head Cottage

4 star rating

Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£479-£939

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Melmerby, Wensleydale & Area

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£479-£939

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

Gayle Farmhouse

3 star rating

Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 3

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£407-£740

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Gayle near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£407-£740

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 3