Welcome to Hawes

The rural market town of Hawes is one of England’s highest, set 850 feet above sea water. Hawes is the largest settlement in the upper part of world famous Wensleydale, and the town is home to the eponymous Wensleydale Cheese, which is produced at Hawes Creamery.

Hawes is a haven for walkers, poets, artists and those seeking outdoor activities. It’s one of the more remote towns in England, making it a unique experience, unlike anywhere you’ll have visited before.

Discover Hawes

Hawes was first recorded as a market place in 1307 and the lively Tuesday market still entices in the shoppers. 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.

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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. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing countryside retreat or an active adventure, Hawes has something to offer everyone. Check out hotels in Hawes and b&b options.

Accommodation in Hawes

Hawes is an excellent place to base a stay in Upper Wensleydale. Browse holiday cottages in Hawes, for a little more comfort try Hotels near Hawes, or start your accommodation search below.

The Old Surgery

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The Little Bower

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The Hayloft, Hawes

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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.

Facts About Hawes

  1. Hawes is a small market town located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  2. It is situated in the county of North Yorkshire, England.
  3. The town is known for its production of Wensleydale cheese.
  4. Hawes is home to the Dales Countryside Museum, which showcases the history and culture of the Yorkshire Dales.
  5. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and the Three Peaks.
  6. Hawes has a population of around 1,000 people.
  7. The town has a weekly market, held on Tuesdays, which has been running for over 500 years.
  8. Hawes is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer months.
  9. The town has a range of shops, cafes, and pubs.
  10. Hawes is located on the Pennine Way, a long-distance footpath that runs from Derbyshire to Scotland.

Hawes on the map

Hawes is found on the A684 between the slightly larger towns of Leyburn and Sedbergh. At Hawes, the road splits off towards Ingleton to the South West, along the B6255.

While Hawes used to be served by it’s own train station, since the 1960s, the towns closest stations are at Garsdale and Dent Stations, on the Settle Carlisle line.

There are a handful of local taxi firms, and a Little White Bus serving residents and visitors, which as well as providing scheduled services, may be bookable on demand.

Parking in Hawes

There are two main car parks in Hawes: the Dales Countryside Museum, Burtersett Road Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT and the Gayle Lane Car Park, Gayle Ln, Hawes DL8 3RQ.

Dedicated parking is available for visitors to the creamery at: Gayle Ln, Wensleydale, Hawes DL8 3RN. There is also a lot of parking at the auction mart for those attending livestock auctions (Burtersett Road, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3NP).

FAQs about Hawes

What is Hawes known for?

Hawes is known for being the highest market town in England and for being the home of the famous Wensleydale cheese.

What are some popular attractions in Hawes?

Some popular attractions in Hawes include the Wensleydale Creamery, the Dales Countryside Museum, and the Hardraw Force waterfall, in nearby Hardraw village.

Is Hawes a good place for outdoor activities?

Yes, Hawes is a great place for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and fishing. The town is located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, which offers stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures.

What is the best time of year to visit Hawes?

The best time of year to visit Hawes depends on your preferences. Summer is a popular time to visit for outdoor activities and events, while autumn offers beautiful colours. Winter is a quieter time to visit, but the town is still charming and cozy during the colder months.

Are there accommodation and restaurants in Hawes?

Yes, there are plenty of accommodations and restaurants in Hawes to suit all budgets and tastes. From cozy bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels and holiday cottages, and from traditional pubs to fine dining restaurants, there is something for everyone in and around Hawes in Upper Wensleydale.

What day is Hawes Market?

The weekly market in Hawes takes place every Tuesday from 8am to 4pm.

Is Hawes a village or a town?

Hawes is a town. One of the ways you can know this, is answered in the previous question: it has a market. Market charter is a determining factor in “town” status in the United Kingdom. Hawes is a market town. While many visitors will call it a village, because it appears to be small, it is the largest settlement for around 17 miles. “Small” is a relative term. Hawes is a deeply rural, market town. Similar small market towns in the Yorkshire Dales are Middleham and Reeth.

Where Next After Hawes

Travel down the Yorkshire Dales or head over the tops to walk the three peaks at Ribblehead. The area offers stunning scenery, including rolling hills, waterfalls, and limestone formations. Visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling, and horseback riding through the national park, or simply take a leisurely drive through the winding roads to take in the views.

Another great option for visitors staying in the area is to explore the historic city of York. York is known for its rich history, including its well-preserved medieval walls and the iconic York Minster cathedral. Visitors can also explore the city’s many museums, including the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum. With its charming streets, quaint shops, and delicious food, York is a must-visit destination for anyone staying in Yorkshire.

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