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Out & About

Hawes is a vibrant, bustling market town - a self-sustaining working community – set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Home to the Wensleydale Creamery and Dales Museum, a renowned Ropemakers and weekly sheep and furniture auctions. Within a stone’s throw of the cottage are good pubs serving great food, cafes, independent shops, traditional food stores and antique shops. It’s surrounded by wonderful walking country.

Where to Go?

The landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has been carved by thousands of years of 
erosion and glacial activity, into miles of rolling river valleys, deep ravines, cascading 
waterfalls, caves and limestone pavements.


Aysgarth Falls, which is a 20 minute drive from Hawes is a marvellous flight of 3 broad limestone steps over which water cascades in the shade of a wooded valley. The beauty of the falls captured the imagination of Turner, Ruskin and Wordsworth and continues to be popular with visitors today.


Hardraw Falls is a smaller cascading waterfall – but with a pub next door – offers an 
ideal lazy Sunday morning walk from the cottage.


Another destination not to miss in Hawes village itself is the Wensleydale Creamery where 
visitors can learn about the production of the famous cheese.


Nearby, the converted Hawes Railway Station is the home of the Dales Countryside Museum 
which shares stories of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.


The restored Gayle Mill is also a lovely step back in time. And just up the dale from Aysgarth, 
Bolton Castle is also worth a visit during you stay. With wild boar on the estate, a shop and a cafe, this is a grand pit stop in the heart of the Dales.

Wensleydale Creamery

Hawes  DL8 3RN

T 01969 667664


Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes  DL8 3NT

T 01969 666210


Hawes Rope Makers

Town Foot, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3NT

T 01969 667487


Bolton Castle

North Leyburn  DL8 4ET

T 01969 623981

The Forbidden Corner

Tupgill Park Estate


Leyburn  DL8 4TJ

T 01969 640638


Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH

T 01677 460391


Middleham Castle

Castle Hill, Middleham, North Yorkshire DL8 4QG

T 0370 333 1181

Places to Eat

For a lovely lunch, delicious home made cakes and savouries and bistro meals to take away go to Humble Pie Deli and Cafe in Askrigg 01969 650076.​

Yorebridge House in Bainbridge, 01969 652060, is a luxury boutique hotel offering 3-course dinners and 2-course Sunday lunches. Afternoon tea is between 12-3pm everyday.

The White Hart Inn, which is about a minute's walk away. The food is mid priced and very good and they are dog friendly.

Simon Stone Hall Hotel Garden Room Brasserie is in Hawes 01969 667255. It offers lunches made with local, seasonal produce, afternoon tea and dinner.

The Stone House Hotel which is in Sedbusk, Hawes. 01969 667571. It always gets excellent reviews and offers a full 5 course evening menu. It also does scrummy lunches served between 12-2pm daily.

Less than an hour away

The Falconry Centre

The Coniston Country estate

Coniston Cold


BD23 4EA

T 01756 748080

Ingleborough Caves

Clapham LA2 8EE

T 01524 251242

For outdoor lovers - further south is Malham Cove, a fabulous limestone beauty spot. Coupled with the wildlife-rich conservation area of the Malham Tarn Estate this is truly a great destination.  Heading east, Grassington is the prettiest of market towns filled with quirky shops and friendly pubs.

The Falconry Centre - Located on the Conistone Estate, features amazing array of eagles, hawks and falcons.  Feel the exhilaration of this hands on experience as you fly these magnificent birds in the open countryside.

Ripon & Ripley

The fourth smallest city in Britain,  Ripon is situated on the River Ure with museums, a racecourse, weekly market & cathedral.  After a look round the city – why not head south to Ripley Castle, a 14th century castle owned by the Ingilby family for 26 generations!  Explore the walled gardens, or take a guided tour around the ornamental lake.  A 15 minute drive takes you to Brimham Rocks a weird and wonderful rock formation with stunning views over Nidderdale.

Ripley Castle

Harrogate  HG3 3AY

T 01423 770152


Brimham Rocks

Pately Bridge  HG3 4DW

The Carpenters Arms


Thirsk YO7 2DP

T 01845 537369

The Crown Inn


Nr Ripon  YO51 9LY

T 01423 322300


Newby Hall & Gardens


Stockeld Park

LS22 4AN

T 01937 586333


Grand Georgian Harrogate has a rich history.  With the discovery of a mineral well in the 1660s the town transformed itself from a small quiet village into a thriving tourist attraction; the spa town of choice for wealthy visitors keen the taste the medicinal waters.


Harrogate’s original well is situated on The Stray. Gardeners will enjoy Valley Gardens and the nearby RHS garden Harlow Carr.  The restored Royal Pump Room survives from its regency hay-day as a museum. Popular visitor attractions include shopping in the Montpellier Quarter and bathing in the waters of the Turkish Baths.

Harrogate Royal Pump Room

Crown Place HR1 2SA

T 01423 556188


Harrogate Turkish baths


T 01423 556746


Great Yorkshire Showground

Harrogate  HG2 8NZ

T 01423 546111


Wetherby Racecourse

T 01937 582035


Royal Armouries

Richmond & Easby Hall

A 12th century Norman settlement enriched by fine Georgian architecture.  Richmond holds a beautiful position on the banks of the River Swale.  A character town, populated by friendly pubs and shops, with a cobbled market square.  Why not visit Richmond Castle with its tranquil gardens and views of the Dales and the Georgian Theatre & Theatre Museum. Within walking distance is the beautiful ruin of Easby Abbey displaying original 13th century wall paintings.  A short drive away is Kiplin Hall, with its beautiful Jacobean Hall, gardens, woodland and lakeside walks. Home-baking and lunches in the tea room;  furnished with centuries of family possessions including scientific instruments, paintings, portraits and Arts & Crafts. Well worth a visit.

The Georgian Theatre & Theatre Museum

Victoria Road

Richmond  DL10 4DW

T 01748 825252


Richmond Castle

DL10 4QW

T 01748 822493

Kiplin Hall

Richmond  DL10 6AT

T 01748 818178


Catterick Races

T 01748 811478

The Ale Trail

The Yorkshire Dales boasts some of the country’s finest breweries.  If you find yourself a little on the thirsty side when exploring the great outdoors, the village of Masham is home to the Black Sheep Brewery, and the Richmond Brewing Company offers back to basic micro brewing.

Black Sheep Brewery


Masham  HG4 4EN

T 01765 689227

Richmond Brewing Company

The Station

Richmond  DL10 4LD

Further afield. But well worth the trip

Castle Howard - Designed by John Vanburgh, and home to the Howard family for over 300 years, this grand baroque-style 18th century residence was the spectacular setting for the 1981 ITV television series of  Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel’ Brideshead Revisited’. The house boasts an impressive collection of art and furniture, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of parkland dotted with statues, temples and follies. Visitors can join in on one of the daily tours around the house and gardens, take a boat trip on the great lake, or follow a path through the gracious woodland.  The  estate also has a farm shop, garden centre, tree nursery and restaurants.

York - The city’s medieval streets are packed with boutique shops, cafes and superb pubs and inns.

 So why not spend a day indulging in shopping and dining, or pop into one of York’s fantastic museums.  The new Richard III and Henry VII Experience at Monk Bar and Mickelgate Bar

provide a real insight into the life and death of the last Plantagenet.

The York Dungeon offers an altogether more sobering experience.  And the Jorvik Viking Centre offers a truly memorable living history of the original Viking settlements in the city of York.


See the beautifully detailed recreation of a Victorian street in the Castle Museum,

with shop interiors and alleyways.


The Yorkshire Museum & Gardens mixes history with scientific subjects. Whilst beautiful

Fairfax House, a restored Georgian townhouse, is filled with furniture and art from the

Noel Terry Collection. Or why not admire other York landmarks such as the River,

Clifford’s Tower and the majestic York Minster.


Regular events in the city include the York Food & Drink Festival; York Chocolate Festival

and Jorvik Viking Festival.

Richard III and Henry VII Experience

T 019404 615505


York Castle Museum

York YO1 9RY

T 01904 687687


Yorkshire Museum & Gardens


T 01904 687687


Jorvik Viking Centre

Coppergate, York  YO1 9WT

T 01904 615505

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

T 01904 489966

York Dungeon

12 Clifford Street


T 0871 423 2260


Fairfax House

Castlegate, York  YO1 9RN


National Railway Museaum

Leeman Road

York  YO26 4XJ


Middlethorpe Hall & Spar

York  YO23 2GB

T 01904 641241


Bolton Abbey

Stunning 12th century priory, situated in beautiful parkland by the River Wharfe.  Picnic by the river 
or take a woodland trail across the 80 miles of footpaths.  Welly walks, tree climbing, rivers, bridges, slides, beams, tunnels & swings. And if that doesn’t tire you out you can jump onto the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway for a short journey through the countryside.  Visit Hesketh Fam Park to meet the friendly farm animals.  Don’t miss the Cavendish Pavilion which offers riverside refreshments in the heart of the estate.


Beyond the abbey – head up the river to Appletreewick and the haunted ravine of Troller’s Gill.  
Then climb through the Valley of Desolation to the rocky peak of Simon’s Seat.


Another close by highlight is the area of Parcevall Hall Gardens.  The only large gardens open to the public within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Situated at the head of the valley, this 24 acres of formal and woodland garden rises up the hillside and command impressive views of Simon’s Seat and Wharfedale. See the limestone rock garden to collections of plants from far flung places including China and the Himalayas.

Bolton Abbey & Wharfedale

Skipton BD23 6EX

T 01756 718000


Settle-Carlisle Railway

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Wharfedale  BD23 6(E

T 01756 720311


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