Welcome to Wensleydale...

Hawes 2000 Mosaic Trail Walk

A circular walk around HAWES comprising 4 short walks with splendid views across UPPER WENSLEYDALE...

Starting at the bus shelter in the Holme with mosaics positioned along the route.
This walk was created as part of a community project to celebrate the millennium.
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For crafts, antiques and fine foods...

The weekly street market in Hawes, Upper Wensleydale, Yorkshire DalesHawes, where this Business Association has its office, is at the head of the Dale. Hawes has a Tuesday indoor and street market on the same day as the Auction Mart. There is the long established Wensleydale Cheese Factory that Wallace and Gromit have helped make famous and the award winning Dales Countryside Museum. It is a thriving town in a beautiful dale where high bare moorland contrasts with the brilliant green of the lower slopes and sheep are dotted everywhere.

For lovers of walking, birdwatching and history...

Cauldron Falls, West Burton, Upper Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, in summerWe have waterfalls, always most spectacular in wet weather, history in stone villages, old churches and the astonishing pattern made by the miles of dry stone walls. The countryside is easily accessible for walking of all types and there is always a village pub at the end of the route with good food as well as drinks. It is quiet for the birdwatcher, peaceful for the weary, stimulating for those looking for a different type of holiday.

For a wide choice of accommodation - all year round...

Lake Semerwater in the snowThere is a great choice of accommodation to suit your needs and your pocket at every season of the year. Summer is gorgeous: try the winter - it's very special! There are Bed and Breakfasts out in the countryside and in the villages, country house hotels and pubs; well-serviced camping and caravan sites (none too big) and beautiful holiday cottages of all sizes.

A sense of pride in caring for visitors and offering good value for money are important to local business people.

Upper Wensleydale provides an enviable quality of life for its rural population. The strong character of people and place is reflected in the up-to-date working society with a deep sense of heritage. Dialect can still be heard and many families can be traced back for centuries. Modern businesses, including tourism, shops and services, have grown up alongside farming. The creative output of artists and craftspeople, inspired by the spectacular surroundings, is of exceptionally high quality.

There is a long tradition of welcoming visitors and new residents. Enjoy being part of the Upper Wensleydale community. Your first visit will probably be just that - the first of many.


Le Grande Départ - Tour De France 2014 - why not cycle part of the route?

On Saturday 5th July 2014 Wensleydale and Swaledale welcomed spectators and competitors to the area for Stage One of Le Tour De France. Within hours of the bid officially being announced accommodation providers have been inundated with enquiries. Useful Links: Welcome to Yorkshire - Le Tour Yorkshire and Official Tour De France Website

Hawes Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Saturday 2nd December 2017

A day of celebration in Hawes.

More information will be available later in the year

Community Newsletter...

Upper Wensleydale Newsletter

The Upper Wensleydale Newsletter is your 'one-stop' for local news and community events. For the latest edition, and to view the extensive archive, click Here.

Wensleydale Red Squirrel Group

 The Wensleydale Red Squirrel Group aims to help conserve the native Red Squirrel in the Yorkshire Dales. Please ask at The Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes for more details on how you can get involved or just offer your support! 

You can contact the group to find out more about the project using the details below:
email:  WensleydaleRSG@hotmail.com

or telephone:
Anthony Bagshawe: 01969 667896
Simon Phillpotts:  01969 663000

Singing in Wensleydale

There are many groups covering a range of vocal styles that welcome visitors and new members to their rehearsals, during the year we are treated to a rich and vibrant programme of concerts in village halls, churches and other interest venues throughout Wensleydale. Over time we hope to share details of as many of them as possible. If you are already part of such a group, or have suggestions, and would like to feature on this page, please us the 'Contact Us' page and we will be happy to help. If you have a general query we will also do our best to guide you to an answer.

Hardraw Brass Band Festival - the second oldest brass band festival in the world...

Wensleydale hosts Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival which takes place on the second Sunday in September. The Festival is held in the open air against the backdrop of Hardraw Force, England's highest waterfall, in the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn.

The setting provides a unique natural amphitheater in which to hear a varied selection of music, performed by some of Yorkshire's finest bands.

The contest is organized by the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association, Click here for more information.

Wensleydale Railway

Train Arrives

The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales with lots to see and do along the way. more »

Events at The Dales Countryside Museum

To see the latest events taking place at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes visit http://www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk/

Contact the museum 01969 666210 or email hawes@yorkshiredales.org.uk
Open daily 10am – 5pm. NOTE: Closed Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and January.

To find out more information about events and more click here to visit the Gayle Mill Website

To find out more information more click here to visit the Wensleydale Creamery Website

To find out more information more click here to visit the Outhwaite Ropemakers


Community Newsletter...


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