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This magical little market town is England's highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices shoppers in. Home to the world famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and set amidst breath-taking scenery it's no surprise Hawes is one of the honeypot tourist attractions of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains' and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.
You can also discover the 18th Century water-powered cotton spinning Gayle Mill. Converted to sawmill and electricity generation with original working Victorian turbines, lineshafting and woodworking machinery.
Hawes A chocolate box market town with a cheesey heritage
Some outdoor scenes for this film were shot in and around Hawes.
The roots of Wensleydale cheese are firmly set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, at the Wensleydale Creamery, built in 1897 it was the first to be built and the skilled cheese makers still continue the art of hand-crafting the world famous cheese. Visit the centre to take a trip back in time explore the museum and experience the captivating, emotional story behind Yorkshire's famous cheese.
Hardraw Force is a definite must-see attraction, situated in a quiet area of some enchanting woodland this is the highest single drop waterfall in England at over 100 feet. These famous falls were used as a location in the hit Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and it is estimated that the waterfall was formed over 15,000 years ago toward the end of the last ice-age.
Aysgarth Falls sees the river Ure flow near the Aysgath village over the broad limestone steps and is one known as one of Wensleydale's most iconic beauty spots, although not particularly high the waterfall provide an utterly pleasant riverside walk that links the upper, middle and lower falls.
Situated in the upper Wensleydale on the river Ure this beautiful town is very popular in summer with walkers and visitors, the natural beauty and character make for a wonderful walk.
Situated at the eastern edge of the town, Hawes Auction Mart is set in beautiful countryside yet is only 30 minutes drive from the A1 to the east and the M6 to the west. The mart serves a large area of the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding moorland, drawing store sheep, breeding sheep and cattle. Established almost 100 years ago Hawes Farmers' Auction Mart has considerable experience in livestock marketing. The livestock from the area is renowned for its quality, with many buyers returning year after year from all parts of the country
Hawes is home to the annual Brass Band Festival, located in the natural amphitheatre of the gorge. The larger than life event sees players and audiences travel from far and wide to get together and enjoy the spectacular live music. The festival has been celebrated every year since 1884 and now takes place on the second Sunday in September.
Shake the dust of your fancy dress outfits for the Annual Gala and enjoy a fun filled day for all the family, the fancy dress parade dances its way through Hawes and onto the Gala Field. Children and families alike can enjoy the entertaining side shows, children's races and all the exciting activities that take place every year in June.
Find your inner farmer at one of the oldest and leading sheep shows in the Yorkshire Dales, the Moorcock sheep show. It's a perfect day out with a whole host of activities and competitions taking place, you can see some of the vintage tractors, meet some of the friendly sheep and buy some local produce from the stalls. The annual event takes place in September and will celebrate its 98th show in 2014.
Soak up the stunning Wensleydale landscape and enjoy the world famous cheese at the very popular Calvert's Restaurant. The generous heart-warming menu, created using local ingredients offers plenty of tantalizing dishes inspired by the use of cheese, hand-made at the creamery. Our favourite dishes include the Yorkshire Wensleydale Ploughman's and the indulgent Wensleydale and ginger cheesecake.
Yorebridge House is situated by the river on the edge of the unspoilt village of Bainbridge, just outside of Hawes. Over the years writers, artists and visitors have sought out the North Yorkshire Dales for its unspoilt, breathtaking and dramatic scenery. Today this special place is the number one destination for horse riders, walkers, and cyclists alike, and for those who want to explore the beautiful villages, find out more about the North Yorkshire Dales' booming industrial past, experience a traditional agricultural show or village gala or just enjoy a gentle stroll or picnic in the fresh air.This luxury hotel provides both award-winning food and stylish, relaxing accommodation.
The White Hart Country Inn is a 16th Century Coaching Inn and is situated on the cobbled street of Hawes. The whole building has been sympathetically renovated to retain the atmosphere of a traditional Inn but with a fresh, contemporary twist. The open plan bar, with a welcoming wood burning stove, serves local & speciality ales as well having an interesting wine list. By day, you can come in for coffee & scones, read the daily papers, relax with a pint of real ale or enjoy a good selection of home cooked food, which is freshly prepared throughout the day.
The Crown Inn is located in the nearby village of Askrigg. It is a friendly and welcoming family run pub, offering a range of fine cask ales and providing excellent home cooked food using locally sourced produce.
The stimulating Dales Countryside Museum tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, past and present through themes such as school days, farming and local crafts. The interactive, hands-on exhibits allow for lots of fun and visitors can take part in the range of workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions that take place throughout the year.
Head to Outhwaites to see ropemaking in progress to watch almost all the time and always on request. See how the twist is put in! Rope making by the traditional process, various twines, church bell ropes, dog leads, barrier ropes and more, including braid-making machines. Pre-booked school visits welcome and special talks by appointment.
Just down the road from Hawes, don't miss the spectacular Bolton Castle. This castle offers visitors truly memorable family days out, the action packed daily schedule includes tones of exciting events from archery to trails and hawk and owl displays to traditional crafts. The medieval building originally built as one of the finest homes in the land, it scars over 600 years if history.
Find out more about the glorious Dales at the Dales Countryside Museum. With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special. Highlights include being able to step back in time to find out why creatures like rhinos, elephants and hippos once roamed the area plus you can also see amazing and precious objects such as the Bronze Age spearhead and Viking gold ring.
Head to Swaledale Museum. This one of a kind museum is run by volunteers who aim to collect, display and make publicly accessible the local heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Housed in a Methodist Day School built in 1836 the stimulating displays and exhibits showcase the development of the area from its geological foundations. The historic building has been modernised and allows visitors a gateway to beautiful walks, good food and plenty to see.
Gayle Mill is a restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill, complete with Victorian machinery driven by water-powered turbines. It is run by the voluntary organisation Gayle Mill Trust and supported by the Friends of Gayle Mill. Gayle Mill Trust has four main areas of responsibility; running the Mill as a historic visitor attraction, providing commercial wood services, electricity generation and heritage education and training.
Head to Bolton Castle. This extraordinary 14th century castle is one of the best preserved castles in the country, originally built as one of the finest homes in the land the castle scars over 600 years of fascinating history. The castle is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, the grade 1 listed building was damaged in the English Civil War but much of it remains and is still in the ownership of the descendants of the Scrope family. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, over 20acres of land that enjoys fine views and romantic spiral stairways.
This bustling street market sees locals gather every Tuesday for the wonderful array of food, gifts and shops. The community gets together at the local auction mart and stock up with provisions at the outdoor markets.
When visiting nearby Askrigg, make time to head to Askrigg Village Kitchen. The cosy village kitchen sees the local cooks prepare honest, fresh and satisfying fayre with everything from delicious take-home bistro meals to afternoon tea and breakfast baps. With the homemade breads, locally produced preserves and freshly baked pies and sausage rolls you can enjoy the food and stock up your cupboards all in one go.
Andrea from Focus on Felt was born in Wensleydale and after graduating from Leeds University in 1987 returned to work there as a professional artist for several years, before her interest in textiles uncovered a real love for felt making. Her felt pictures have depth, subtlety, texture and a real feeling of movement. This sense of movement is particularly evident in her windswept landscapes and images of animals. These qualities are born from a technique of working with fine layers of wool as if it were paint. A permanent display of work can be seen at her studio gallery in nearby Hardraw.
Set in the heart of the town, Bear Cottage Interiors is a small friendly design company specialising in Period and Contemporary Country Design solutions ranging from a single cushion cover to a complete bespoke design package tailored to you, your family and your home.
One of Yorkshire's most famous tastes, you can't visit Hawes without a trip to the creamery
One of the spectacular views from Stage One of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire
This restored 19th century state-of-the-art sawmill is well worth a visit when in Hawes
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