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 which, together with local tradesmen, will cater to your every need (see below for links).
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. Take a walk round the Hawes Town Trail, or Millennium Walk, or Pennine Way or along the River Ure, which is nearby.
In 1998 Hawes was awarded the English Tourist Board Silver Award for the "Best Day Trip Out".
On market day, Tuesday, the town has a carnival atmosphere, when the whole community converges to visit the local auction mart and stock up with provisions at the indoor and outdoor markets.