One of the most famous of the Yorkshire Dales, not least because of the cheese named for the region, Wensleydale has so much to offer visitors from near and far. You could spend a week exploring all of Wensleydale – and it still wouldn’t be enough!

This beautiful valley set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales has plenty to captivate the visitor.

Majestic castles, huge waterfalls, picturesque villages and tempting restaurants are just some of its many attractions – as is Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese, Yorkshire Wensleydale of course!

Accommodation in Wensleydale

Picture of The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn, Hawes

The White Hart Inn Main Street, Hawes, DL8 3QL, United Kingdom

Stow House

Aysgarth, Aysgarth, DL8 3SR, United Kingdom

The Wyvill Arms

Constable Burton, Nr. Leyburn, Leyburn, DL8 5LH, United Kingdom

Attractions in Wensleydale

Bolton Castle

Castle Bolton, Wensleydale, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4ET

The Forbidden Corner

Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ

Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT

More about Wensleydale

Welcome to Cheese Country!

Without doubt it’s Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese that’s made this delightful corner of Yorkshire world-famous.  And you can see this tasty export being made at the Wenselydale Creamery in Hawes – as well as enjoying a delicious slice or three! But then good food and great shopping can be found everywhere here. Be sure to pop into the pretty centres of Leyburn and Askrigg for arts, crafts, antiques and mouthwatering Yorkshire fare.

Natural wonders

Wensleydale’s scenery is a feast for the eyes too! Walkers will love exploring the rolling green hills and tranquil wooded valleys. While trips to the impressive Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force – England’s largest single drop waterfall – are a must. You can also discover more about the area’s traditional way of life in the Dales Countryside Museum and National Park Centre.

Days out galore

If history is your thing, then you’re spoilt for choice in Wensleydale. Middleham Castle, Bolton Castle and Jervaulx Abbey all offer spectacular glimpses into the past as well as fun family activities like archery! Kids of all ages will also adore exploring the modern and mysterious labyrinth known as the Forbidden Corner – a strange place indeed!

Where next?

See: Leyburn, Hawes, Middleham.