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Local Attractions, Places to Visit

Hawes in upper Wensleydale

  • One of the many eateries in Hawes
  • The River Ure near Hawes
  • Waterfall in Hawes
  • A cobbled street in Hawes

The thriving market town of Hawes is in Wensleydale and at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Hawes is home to the Wensleydale Creamery, famous for its cheese, and the Dales Countryside Museum as well as numerous craft workshops, galleries, shops and eateries.

The name, Hawes, means a 'pass between mountains', and it stands between Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. The town is an excellent centre for walking and touring Wensleydale and the adjoining dales of Swaledale, Cotterdale, Dentdale, Garsdale, Wharfedale and Chapel-le-Dale. The Pennine Way passes through Hawes.

All photographs above are © copyright and used by kind permission of the Yorkshire Dales and Harrogate Tourism Partnership.

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Wensleydale & the Yorkshire Dales

The market town of Hawes is a good starting point for any visit to Wensleydale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Dales Countryside Museum and National Park Centre is situated in Hawes and is a wealth of information for any visitor.

  • Hawes in Wensleydale
  • Aysgarth Falls
  • West Burton Force
  • Bolton Castle in Wensleydale
  • Jervaulx Abbey
  • The River Ure just outside Hawes
  • View down into Swaledale
  • Walkers in Swaledale

Photographs in section above © Yorkshire Tourist Board

  • Carriage driving in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Spring lamb in Wensleydale
  • River Wharfe at Strid Woods
  • Salmon leaping Stainforth Force
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Orange sheep!
  • Rainbow at Stainforth
  • Sunset over the River Ure in Hawes
  • Tan Hill in Swaledale
  • Waterfall in Stalling Busk, Raydale
  • Wild orchid at Stalling Busk, Raydale

Photographs in section above © copyright Thorney Mire Barn

A Grand Day Out in Wensleydale - Video

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Video commissioned by The Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes

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Other web sites of interest

We also have tourist information available here at Thorney Mire Barn B & B. but if you would like to plan your stay in advance there are numerous websites you could visit.
(Please note that on this page we provide links to other websites [in no particular order] which you may find useful when planning your holiday or short break at Thorney Mire Barn in Wensleydale. We accept no responsibility for the content of these third-party web sites. Each link opens in a new browser window - just close that window to return to this page.)

  • Walking is a popular pastime for many visitors to the area and there are numerous criss-crossing paths so that you can take a circular walk of varying distances from here, and even take in a pub or two on the way, without having to drive. We have details here for you to use during your stay, or to plan ahead, visit:
    • The Inn Way
      Long distance circular walks via traditional pubs throughout England's North Country. The Inn Way... series of award-winning guidebooks by Mark Reid offer a new and unique approach to discovering the wonderful countryside of England's North Country, as well as its wealth of hidden and unspoilt pubs.
    • Walk Yorkshire
      WalkYorkshire provides all of the information you need to come and explore the inspirational scenery that Yorkshire has to offer. You will find everything that you need to know including information on many walking routes, travel information, local weather and much more.
    • Dales Walks
      Walks all over Yorkshire, including the Dales.
    • Wild Card Walks: Wild Card Walks and Joan Bryden Photography
      Walks and photography website inspired by the wildlife and spectacular landscapes of northern England and the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

  • Eagle Intermedia's The Yorkshire Dales
    Loads of information including history, photographs and more...

  • The Yorkshire Dales by Daelnet
    Daelnet's "Internet Gateway to the Dales" - wonderful site packed full of news, views, photo gallery, information and more...

  • W R Outhwaite & Son, Hawes Ropemakers
    Visit their workshop to see ropes being made the traditional way.

  • Wensleydale Creamery
    Take the Creamery Tour to see Wensleydale Cheese being made, learn about the history of cheesemaking in Wensleydale, have lunch or a snack in their excellent café and, of course, buy some real Wensleydale Cheese (there are many varieties) to take home with you.

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
    The official site of our National Park Authority.

  • Kettlewell aka Knapeley in the film Calendar Girls
    This film of 2003, about the women who appeared in the "Alternative W.I. Calendar", was filmed in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The real village of Kettlewell, in Wharfedale, was the location for Knapeley in the film.

  • Enjoy a train ride on the famous Settle-Carlisle or Wensleydale Railways.
    Both the Settle-Carlisle and Wensleydale Railways provide invaluable links for the communities they pass through. The Settle-Carlisle is part of the National Rail Network, and the nearest station is at Garsdale. The Wensleydale line runs down the dale from Redmire to Leyburn, Bedale and Leeming Bar. Both sites offer a wealth of information about travel opportunities and local attractions.

  • Swaledale Woollens
    If you go over the Buttertubs Pass into Swaledale, you may like to stop off at Muker and pop in to Swaledale Woollens. They have a superb range of high quality hand- and machine-knitted, natural wool garments produced in the area (some using local Swaledale and rare Wensleydale wools) - including great sweaters and socks for walkers!