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Explore the Yorkshire Dales


About Wensleydale

The heart of the Dales in more ways than one, holiday cottages in Wensleydale offer the quintessential Yorkshire escape. Gaze at gently flowing rivers as the make their way through deep green valleys in the shadow of sweeping hills, or explore bustling honeypot market towns and dine in wonderful pubs whilst discovering the region’s proud heritage and a few wonderful surprises along the way. As one of the largest of the Dales, you will find a wealth of adventure, relaxation and enjoyment around every corner on a holiday in Wensleydale. To help you decide what to enjoy first we’re going to make a few recommendations before highlighting some fantastic Wensleydale holiday cottages to help make your break complete.

Perhaps most renowned for its cheese, pay a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery and you can not only sample a variety of the delicacies on offer, but also learn about the history and processes that go into its production – it’s more than enough to make Wallace envious! Visit the bustling market towns of Hawes and Leybourn and you can enjoy shopping for gorgeous traditional wares in an idyllic postcard-perfect setting. For the ultimate celebration of wild Yorkshire on your holiday in Wensleydale we’d recommend a visit to Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force – England’s largest waterfall – to bask in admiration at the wild majesty of nature. If you have any energy left after that then an active exploration of the region’s mountains and moorland or history at Bolton and Middleham Castle is highly recommended.

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As Seen on the Big Screen

The penultimate tale of ‘The boy who lived’ needs little introduction. After 6 films and hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket receipts, the Deathly Hallows part 1 features Harry and co. on the run.

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Fine Dining

You don’t have to search far to find scrumptious scran in the Yorkshire Dales and our guide is guaranteed to tickle every taste bud. It’s time to savour the best flavours that this lovely bit of England has to offer...

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Family Fun

With a wealth of activities scattered throughout its many wide open spaces and a myriad of tracks and trails to explore, the Yorkshire Dales is one of Britain's best playgrounds.

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Wonderful Waterfalls

There is something alluring and awe-inspiring about watching waterfalls as they trickle, tumble and crash over cliffs and through gorges, and the Yorkshire Dales have some of England's finest examples. We travelled its hills and valleys to find five of the most magnificent...

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Exploring the Dales – Day 2

Our second day starts early on a crisp spring morning. As the sun begins to break through the clouds we see anglers set to work at Kilnsey Trout Farm under the shadow of the Crag, a huge limestone cliff face that rises up over the Wharfedale Valley. Day one of Le Tour paid a memorable visit to Kilnsey and, not surprisingly, the village was widely regarded as one of the best places to watch the action...

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Mountain Bike Routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Rolling, rugged and full of rustic charm, the stunning Yorkshire Dales makes a perfect destination for off-road adventures on a mountain bike. Best of all, with dozens of different rides to choose from, there’s a great route to explore whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran.

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Yorkshire Dales Road Cycling Routes

The Yorkshire Dales is fantastic cycling country, something the success of the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire really brought home. With stunning scenery, varied terrain and charming towns and villages, there’s good reason for the sport’s growing popularity in these parts.

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