Wensleydale is a great area to explore, whether walking or cycling. With some great places to visit, and many walks and paths to find, you’ll always have plenty to do. Or, if you’re just looking for a quiet retreat and a relaxing holiday, we are ideal for that too. There are a wealth of Local Attractions to visit withing the area, Castles, Abbeys, Local Crafts, Market Towns and Shopping.
Why not visit the Wensleydale Creamery in the market town of Hawes where the famous Wensleydale Cheese is made. Wensleydale Cheese is a historic fresh, mild cheese that has been made in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire since 1150 by Cistercian monks.
These monks continued to make the cheese until the dissolution of their monasteries in 1540. Traditionally, sheep’s milk was used, but over the time cow’s milk was also used. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is in northern England.
Wensleydale's principal settlements are Hawes and Leyburn; Aysgarth, Bainbridge, and Middleham are well-known villages. The shortest river in England, the River Bain, links Semerwater to the River Ure, at Bainbridge, the home to an Ancient Roman fort (part of the Roman road is walkable, up Wether Fell). Hardraw Force, the highest above-ground unbroken waterfall in England, is located at Hardraw, near Hawes.
Aysgarth Falls (High, Middle, Low) are famous for their beauty (rather than their height), attracting faroff visitors; they were also featured in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Some scenes from the 1992 film Wuthering Heights were also filmed at the falls. Other notable waterfalls are at Wensley (Harmby Falls), West Burton, and Whitfield Gill Force, near Askrigg.