Local Attractions in and around Hawes, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales

Hawes - Yorkshire Dales Market Town

A view of Hawes in Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales

The market town of Hawes is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, amidst wonderful scenery in Wensleydale - one of the glorious Yorkshire Dales. Hawes is on the A684 Leyburn to Sedbergh road. The M6 motorway to the West and the A1 to the East are each about 40-60 minutes away by car, making the area easily accessible for holidays and short breaks at any time of year!

A lively street market takes place in Hawes every Tuesday, when locals from all around the area come in to town to do their shopping and catch up with friends over coffee, a snack or lunch in one of the excellent tea shops or pubs.

Hawes - Home of Wensleydale Cheese

Amongst other things, Hawes is famous for producing "real" Wensleydale Cheese, using milk from local, Wensleydale cows. At the Wensleydale Creamery you can see the cheese being made in the traditional way.

Museums, Ropeworks and more...

The Dales Countryside Museum and Ropeworks are both less than a minute's walk from Fair View Guest House in Hawes and are well worth a visit.

Cycling Holidays in the Yorkshire Dales

Bring your bike with you - this is a fantastic area for cycling and mountain-biking and we have secure overnight cycle storage as well as a cycle brush and washoff area.

Wensleydale and the Yorkshire Dales

Wensleydale is one of the most northerly of the Yorkshire Dales, which are renowned for the beauty of their landscapes and their picturesque stone villages and towns. Wensleydale became particularly well known to viewers of the television series All Creatures Great and Small, based on the books about the life of vet James Herriot. Much of the TV series was filmed in this area. The area has also been used as the location for many films, including Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, which was partly filmed at Aysgarth Falls nearby. More recently Calendar Girls - the story of the creation of the famous Alternative W.I. Calendar - was filmed around Kettlewell in Wharfedale.

Other dales include:

  • Swaledale - to the north across the Buttertubs Pass just outside Hawes
  • Wharfedale - running southwards down towards Skipton
  • Littondale - off Wharfedale
  • Dentdale - lovely little 'secret' dale many people never discover
  • Cotterdale - another 'hidden' dale
  • Nidderdale

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Attractions, Activities, Places of Interest...

There's such a wide variety of things to see and do - you'll find there's something for everyone! We include just a small selection below, with links to some of their web sites:.

Or why not take a day trip on the famous Settle-Carlisle or Wensleydale Railways?

Eating out in Wensleydale

When it comes to eating out, there are just too many excellent restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and cafés to mention here. More information is available on the Wensleydale Business Association web site.

Don't miss our Yorkshire Dales Picture Gallery page for plenty of photographs of the area...