- Linda JA most amazing break in The Dales. Lovely hosts who had thought of everything to make our stay enjoyable and very comfortable. Beautiful cottage, well furnished and cleaned to a high standard. Would love to return again and again. Special thanks to Pam.
- Brian BLovely holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales and ideal for a short break in this very scenic area.
- Abbas MVery nice cottage. It has all that you need for a comfortable stay.
It has 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 and home to the Wensleydale Creamery (a firm favourite with Wallace and Grommit) as well as the famous Hawes Rope Makers, while Hardraw is home to Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England which is accessed through the famous 'Green Dragon' traditional inn. Just a few miles down the road at West Burton you will find the beautiful Cauldron Falls, famously painted by Turner on his trips to 'The Dales'.
At Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles down a limestone staircase at the beauty spot of Aysgarth Falls, famously featured in the blockbuster Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves. Aysgarth also hosts a National Park Centre full with helpful staff and information to ensure that your visit to the area is memorable for years to come.
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.
Just a stones throw away you will find the challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough for the more adventurous types and after the hard day exploring the peaks then why not stop off at The Station Inn at Ribblehead Viaduct for refreshment before heading back to the cosy Middlegate Cottage.
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.