Local Area


The thriving market town of Hawes is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. There are several craft workshops, antique and other speciality shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafés.

The name “Hawes” means a ‘pass between mountains’, and it stands between Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. The town and surrounding villages are an excellent centre for walking and touring Wensleydale and the adjoining dales of Swaledale, Cotterdale, Dentdale, Garsdale, Wharfedale and Chapel-le-Dale. Take a walk round the Hawes Town Trail, or Millennium Walk, or Pennine Way or along the River Ure, which is nearby. Hawes is also a short drive from the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

On market day, Tuesday, the town has a lively atmosphere, when the whole community converges to visit the local auction mart and stock up with provisions at the indoor and outdoor markets.


Leyburn is a beautifully unspoilt North Yorkshire town and one of the principal gateways to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s a wonderful holiday location and an all-year-round short-break destination, offering visitors a refreshing collection of independent shops, traditional pubs and excellent cafes and restaurants all situated round a large market place. There is a thriving outdoor market on a Friday and it is all set amid some of England’s most beautiful walking country.

Wensleydale is rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty and Leyburn provides the perfect location to discover the countryside that so captivated the young vet James Herriot. Once discovered you’ll want to return again and again.

Leyburn and the surrounding villages are perfect for your walking break, with walks from the town or a series of ‘Just The Ticket’ walks using public transport and the Wensleydale Railway. Easily explore Wensleydale or Swaledale and all the other wonders of the Yorkshire Dales. History is around every corner with castles, abbeys and spectacular coutryside.