The heart of Upper Wensleydale Continue Reading Hawes

Welcome to Hawes, this intricate market town in the upper reaches of Wensleydale, a treasure trove of independent shops, cafes and crafts.

Hawes is a magical market town with plenty to do and lots of walks for all abilities in the surrounding dale, the town features plenty of traditional shops and places to eat and is a popular base to head out for a walk, ramble or cycle ride.

Visit the Dales Countryside Museum to learn about the history of life in the Dales or the Wensleydale Creamery – home to Yorkshire’s most famous cheese, beloved by Wallace and Gromit.

Hawes, North Yorkshire, surrounded by Dales countryside.
The Wensleydale Creamery, in Hawes, North Yorkshire

Nearby there is a chance to see red squirrels in a special viewing area in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve, and with luck you may also see roe deer.
The nearby Buttertubs Pass is a well-known serpentine road that meanders through a lush landscape of sheer cliffs and stunning sights. Popular with drivers, an acclaimed challenge for cyclists and a photographer’s dream, the tapestry of fields, rugged cliffs and stunning skies will linger in the memory long after your visit.

Not far away, Hardraw Force is the single highest drop waterfall in England where Turner paused to paint, and Wordsworth stopped to write, just one of the many sights to enjoy in this beautiful area. 

So if you are visiting the Yorkshire Dales, add Hawes to your itinerary to true rural Yorkshire experience.