At the heart of Wensleydale lies the beautiful town of Leyburn, a year-round destination for exploring, with traditional pubs, a wealth of independent shops and plenty of great places to eat and drink. This traditional market town sits on the northern bank of the River Ure and is a haven for antique hunters, being home to one of the largest auction houses outside London.
You can also browse for treasures and bargains at the weekly market that fills the town’s pretty main square, around which you will find several galleries featuring work by local and national artists.
In and amongst the historic streets you will also find many pubs cafés and restaurants serving delicious dales food and drink.
Leyburn and its surrounding towns including Middleham and Aysgarth are the perfect base for exploring lower Wensleydale and its incredible scenery with a host of great walking routes. If you want to give your feet a rest you can always hop on the popular heritage Wensleydale railway that travels from Leeming Bar to Leyburn.
A town of the dales
Landscape highlights include Leyburn Shawl, a limestone terrace with extensive views over the dale and named after the legend that Mary Queen of Scots dropped her shawl on the hill while fleeing imprisonment in nearby Bolton Castle.
Another nearby castle with a royal connection is Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III.
Whether you’re walking, exploring or watching the world go by, Leyburn is a perfect spot for you.