The River Ure rises in the hills above Hawes in Wensleydale and flows 45 miles to its confluence with the River Swale at Boroughbridge. The River Ure is unique among the main Yorkshire Dales rivers in that it does not share its name with the dale that it flows through e.g. the River Wharfe in Wharfedale and the River Nidd in Nidderdale etc. The...more
Situated in an old converted chapel the Wensleydale Pottery is an interseting place to visit. A complete range of domestic tableware is made here and you can see throwing, turning, decorating and glazing. There is an exhibition of promotional wares and terracotta garden ware also made. Ring before you visit to ensure displays are taking place.more
We did intend to visit the Rope Works but it was a Sunday and the building was closed. I am sure summer Sunday opening would prove popular.However included here for those that can visit in the week - the rope works show just how ropes are made using traditional methods. I think this is just one of the two remaining rope works left in England (the...more
This fascinating museum, managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales past and present, and stimulates vistors to think about its future. Displays interpret the development of the Dales from prehistoric times to the present day. Themes include: school days, home life,...more
The Visitor Centre here incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant. It is open 7 days a week Mon - Sat 9.30am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4.30pm (Winter opening times may vary).The ‘ Cheese Experience’ tour takes approximately 30 – 90 mins and the optimum time for viewing cheese-making is between 10.00am &...more
I have managed to go to Hawes three times so far without seeing England's highest single-drop waterfall...Even if it really isn't more than a couple of miles outside town I have had no time for hiking and last time when we did, it had been a very dry summer and then the fall is supposedly not worth the trek as there is hardly any water. This is...more
I cannot tell you that much about the church in Hawes other than that it has a nice Millennium window which celebrates the town's 300 years as a market town (William III gave it its charter). There are also organ recitals here frequently and it is a typical small town church in a relatively high position overlooking the town centre.more
On one of the highest points along the Wensleydale to Swaledale road is Buttertubs - wonderfully strange sink hole formations (i.e. carved out by rainwater) which have got their name since farmers going from Swaledale to market in Hawes used to rest here to cool the butter either on the way there or if it wasn't sold as they returned.more
From June to August, you can usually watch sheepdogs in action once a week on a weekday evening. Either ask the tourist office before your visit, or look out for leaflets and posters all over the pubs and shops in Hawes during summer. The dogs are amazing as they round up flocks of sheep at the mere whistle of the farmer.more
Do you know how really long ropes are made? Thick ones? If not, this is where to find out. Outhwaite's has been a Hawes institution since 1905 but ropes have been made in Hawes long before that as the company was originally owned by the Warton family and people were ropemakers around here as early as 1725 at least. Today, you can see ropes being...more
Immortalised through Wallace and Gromit, the Wensleydale Creamery is where the real stuff comes from. Cheese has been made in the dale since the 1150s when Cistercian monks started making it, before farmers took over after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. I wonder what they would all say today if they knew that their cheese...more
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The Chippie in Hawes has been one of our favourite eating places for the last 8 years or so, since we started visiting Hawes, in the heart of Wensleydale. The Chippie also caters for vegetarians and has a gluten free menu as well.Sit on the bench just outside to eat your chips, or any of the convenient picnic spots (up by the main car park, St...more
You do not need a car to explore the Dales although it remains the easiest way to get around this vast area. There are many bus routes in the Dales and by using a rail head such as Harrogate, Northallerton or Skipton it should be possible to use the buses to tour the Dales.Hawes can be reached by bus and the link to the official website has a lot...more
For many years, Wensleydale's 19th century railway line to Hawes from Northallerton and Leyburn has been closed but thanks to some hard working locals, it looks brighter than in a long time as now the trains have at least started running from Leeming Bar in the Vale of York to Redmire which is just at the lower end of Wensleydale. This so far...more
It's not easy but it works. There are buses from Leyburn (reached from Northallerton along the railway network, or from Richmond or Ripon) through Wensleydale which all stop here. Some of them are only Royal Mail post buses and can get crowded so you need to look in the timetable but if you go for Dales & District departures, you can buy a ticket...more
This is a traditional butcher annex bakery.
Incidentally, that's where my favourite fruit cake comes from. Expensive but sooo good!
I like the old fashioned cuts of this Hawes butcher. That meant I bought far too much meat for an Indonesian dinner at my friends' house in Askrigg, that instead of having 6 people to dinner, we enlarged the invitation list to 14 !
I mean... I would've needed 2 chickens at home but those giants that the butcher sold me easily fed twice as many. The same went for good pork cuts, etc.
I was in a car park on the A1 near Wetherby when a man with a cockney accent asked me where the "nice villages in the mountains were". First trip north I asked him and he said yes. I think it will be a bit old fashioned when I get there he said! So here for that man is a Dales taxi. Used of course in series like James Herriot which still make people think the 1950s are alive and well here.
I wonder what the man thought when he found the Dales just as modern and probably a lot more affluent than where he came from? This wonderful old car is available for hire in Hawes and when not in use it stands in the middle of the village outside the Bulls Head Hotel.
Hawes is a meeting place for motorcyclists and there are some super machines to see parked up in the village on an average summer Sunday.
The bikers pose no threat - these are men in their 50s mainly able to buy such fantastic bikes and reliving their youths. They look like dentists , accountants and bank managers once the helmets come off! However their road skills are not good - they drive too fast for the narrow country roads, over take sensibly driven cars without much thought for anyone else and sadly have a high accident rate.
Beware if you have one behind you as you drive through the Dales - slow down of possible and let the bike past. Until these men and women learn road skills its the best way for everyone. (Not all of course but sadly the majority).
High up on a fellside between Aysgarth and Hawes lies this tiny village with its post office and not much more. Hundreds of sheep and views across Wensleydale to die for. In fact, the most scenic place I know anywhere in the dale I think.
What I remember most about Hawes is the weekly market and the building that served as a kind of market hall for local artists, where you can buy photographs, paintings alongside knitted socks and plastic kitchen stuff.Also the little supermarket and the more expensive one next door (recognisable at the more posh dark green or blue shop...more
You will always be a tourist, but nevertheless feel welcomed here as people are used to visitors at these crossroads. Have a great fish and chips and then a pint in a pub whilst talking to people who all seem to have something interesting to say here :-) Coming here with one of my worst ever hang overs (I had already booked a tour of the Dales)...more