What do cheese, ropes and pots have in common? All three are
made locally in Hawes, capital of Upper Wensleydale at the heart of
the Yorkshire Dales National Park. So when you book a cottage in
Hawes, you can expect a few rather unusual attractions.
First stop, the Wensleydale Cheese Visitor Centre, where you can
watch this wonderfully creamy cheese being handcrafted from local
cows' milk. Next stop, the rope makers for an interesting look
at handmade ropes, braids and cords, as well as clothes lines and
dog leads. And on to Wensleydale Pottery to watch pots being
thrown, decorated and glazed. But that's not all…
Exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park from Hawes
A cottage in Hawes is the ideal base from which to not only tour
Wensleydale, but also Swaledale, Cotterdale, Dentdale, Garsdale,
Wharfedale and Chapel-le-Dale. Find your bearings around town
following the Hawes Town Trail or Millennium Walk. Discover narrow,
cobbled streets and a market square, brimming with colourful stalls
on Tuesdays. Browse galleries and craft shops and enjoy
refreshments in cosy tearooms. And when you fancy going further
afield, don boots and binoculars and head out into the glorious
countryside along the Pennine Way.
Learn all about the region, its people and its landscape at the
award-winning Dales Countryside Museum, featuring a range of
interactive displays and exhibitions. Or watch Victorian turbines,
line-shafting and woodworking machinery at Gayle Mill.
Come evening, relax in your Hawes cottage or enjoy a bite to eat
in one of the town's welcoming pubs or restaurants.