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.

Barn Cottage

4 star rating

Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£305-£629

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Crakehall, Wensleydale & Area

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£305-£629

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Thornhill Cottage

3 star rating

Thornton Steward near Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£309-£719

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Thornton Steward near Middleham, Wensleydale & Area

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£309-£719

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Wetherfell Cottage

3 star rating

Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£359-£855

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Bainbridge Ings, near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£359-£855

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High Dale Cottage

4 star rating

Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£265-£1150

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Bellerby, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£265-£1150

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

Brandy’s Barn

4 star rating

Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£349-£689

4 star rating
Middleham, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£349-£689

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

Ellerlands

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£285-£605

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Carperby near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£605

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

Holly Cottage

4 star rating

Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£339-£840

4 star rating
Bellerby, Wensleydale, Wensleydale & Area

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£339-£840

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

Pear Tree Cottage and The Granary

5 star rating

East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£895-£2419

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East Witton, near Leyburn, Wensleydale & Area

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£895-£2419

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 1

Curlew Cottage

3 star rating

Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£326-£600

3 star rating
Simonstone near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£326-£600

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

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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Bus Stop Cottage

4 star rating

Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£414-£910

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Thornton Rust near Aysgarth, Wensleydale & Area

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£414-£910

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

The Calf Pens

4 star rating

near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£363-£680

4 star rating
near Masham, Wensleydale & Area

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£363-£680

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

Stoney Raise

4 star rating

Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£461-£1050

4 star rating
Bainbridge near Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£461-£1050

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Lukes Barn

3 star rating

near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£361-£770

3 star rating
near Askrigg, Wensleydale & Area

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£361-£770

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

Little Bower

3 star rating

Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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

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£285-£510

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Hawes, Wensleydale & Area

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£285-£510

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