The unspoilt, picturesque wilderness of Swaledale is a paradise for artists, ramblers and lovers of the outdoors. Wensleydale also has plenty of galleries and craft shops to browse amongst, great food and drink from pub grub to fine dining restaurants, great coffee to unbeatable local beers.

If you are looking for more of a challenge from your trip away, join the exhilarating Coast to Coast Way and explore some of England’s most rugged landscapes. The Yorkshire Dales have something to offer everyone, whether you are looking for peace and tranquillity in the outstanding scenery, thrilling adventure, or the chance to explore picturesque towns, villages and beautiful countryside. There is plenty to choose from...

Swaledale, the northernmost Dale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Famous for its wildflower meadows, heather moors and beautiful tumbling waterfalls such as Richmond Falls, Kisdon Force and Catrake Force, Swaledale is the best destination for walking and cycling when it comes to peace, tranquillity and natural beauty with an assortment of beautiful hills, mountains and moorland to explore with an abundance of wildlife on offer.

After a long day of walking, The Copper Kettle is perfect for an afternoon tea whilst looking over the Village Green, or a cosy country pub in the sleepy village of Reeth, Grinton or Gunnerside. If you are looking for some local pub grub, pop in to The Bridge Grinton which serves local fresh food, whilst you relax by the log burning stove or why not sample some fine dining at the Burgoyne Hotel.

Get involved with the community at the Swaledale festival, with events ranging from open mic poetry, live music and the popular Wensleydale Walk.

Hawes, a thriving market town

Hawes is home to Wallace and Gromit’s favourite cheese; the world famous Wensleydale Cheese, the Dales Countryside Museum and the must see highest single drop waterfall in England at over 100 feet.
There is plenty to do; whether you want to visit the Wensleydale Creamery where you can find out all about the tempting cheese varieties and be inspired with delicious recipe ideas, or explore the market which takes place every Tuesday, with its carnival atmosphere, when the whole community gets together to visit the local Farmers’ Auction Mart and stock up with provisions at the indoor and outdoor markets. Hawes is a day out for the whole family like no other.

The famous Hardraw Force falls is a definite must see attraction too, which is such a popular beauty spot that this location was used in the hit Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves!
Be sure to find out more about the must see attractions such as the annual brass band festival, the annual fancy dress gala or the sheep show where you can see some vintage tractors, meet some friendly sheep and buy some local produce.

Leyburn, a market town in the heart of Wensleydale

Leyburn is well known for it’s independent shops such as The Little Chocolate Shop – the popular local chocolatier, Campbells – a fantastic delicatessen and grocery store, quaint tea rooms and Tennants Auctioneers – the town’s antique auction house. A must visit is the Dales Haven Guest House for a local brew and a slice of carrot cake, maybe on your way back from a riverside stroll at Aysgarth Falls, renowned for its show of spring wildflowers and three beautiful waterfalls. With spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, unusual local shops and cafes, traditional pubs and a weekly market, it’s an ideal base for exploring on foot, sightseeing or just watching the world go by.

If you are looking for something a little different, The Forbidden Corner has been voted the best children’s attraction in Yorkshire – a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a 4 acre garden which will challenge and delight children of all ages.

Middleham, a jewel in the crown of Wensleydale

Located in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, nestled between two rivers, Middleham is a perfect day out for all of the family with cobbled market squares, Georgian and Victorian tearooms, galleries and a rich horse racing heritage. Perfect for walking, cycling or just sightseeing and a favourite haunt for many artists. Why not get up early to watch the race horses training at the famous gallops, have lunch at The White Swan or The Blue Lion with its welcoming fire, making sure,of course, you save some room for a Brymoor ice cream on your way home!

Be sure to pay a visit to Middleham Castle, once home to Richard III, which has the largest keep in the North of England and a royal heritage that once earned it the title of the ‘Windsor of the North’.
Whilst you are visiting, pop into the Saddle Rooms for a unique dining experience too which will end your unforgettable day out perfectly!

Masham, a market town with two of the best breweries in the North

Located in lower Wensleydale, Masham has a lively and friendly community filled with artists, authors and craftsmen and established links to JW Turner and Lewis Carroll. Pop in to The White Bear Hotel where you can have a drink with some of the locals at the bar or have some food in the dining room whilst relaxing next to the log burning fire.

If you enjoy your local ales, why not take a guided tour of the family run Black Sheep Brewery and sample locally brewed ales whilst finding out how they brew ‘God’s Own Beer’ or visit the legendary Theakstons Brewery, have a tour and taste brews fresh from the cask and smell the hops in the air.

If ale isn’t your thing don’t worry, you can spend a day at the annual sheep fair, visit the traction engine fair with vintage vehicles, steam engines and motorcycle display teams or simply enjoy the all year round beauty of the Dales. A must see is the Jervaulx Abbey with its dramatic yet tranquil ambience which has won the heart of many of its visitors and is definitely worth a visit!

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