You just can’t beat a visit to Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. As well as glorious countryside and famous cheese, it’s also home to some very pretty villages. You’ll find country pubs, castles, charming tea rooms and even a waterfall or two.
Take a look at these 10 pretty Wensleydale villages and start planning which one to visit next!
#01 East Witton
East Witton lies at the mouth of Coverdale and is home to the well-loved Blue Lion Inn which serves some of the finest Yorkshire food around. You’ll also find glorious views and a lovely village green. East Witton Holiday Cottages.
#02 West Witton
The pretty village of West Witton is just down the road from Penhill (perfect for circular walk) and is home to excellent restaurant The Wensleydale Heifer. Once a year West Witton also hosts a Burning of Old Bartle ceremony – well worth popping along to! West Witton Holiday Cottages.
The village of Wensley may be small but it was once home to the only market in the area and gave it’s name to the dale itself (it is after all called Wensleydale). Close to the village you’ll find the tourist Wensleydale Railway line and there’s also Wensley Mill which is home to White Rose Candles.
The small village of Aysgarth is most famous for its three tier waterfall which is one of the most well-loved waterfalls around. It was featured in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and is definitely worth seeking out. Aysgarth Falls Holiday Cottages.
Just down the road from Aygarth and the famous falls is the Wensleydale village of Carperby. It was the honeymoon destination of the real-life James Herriot and is home to excellent pub The Wheatsheaf.
The village of Askrigg was once a hub for Yorkshire’s clock makers and features a street of 18th and 19th century houses along with an old market cross. It was featured heavily in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ and village pub The King’s Arms was the setting of the fictional Drover’s Inn.
Hardraw is home to the largest single drop waterfall in England – the water at Hardraw Forces cascades a reputed 100 feet! You’ll also find a pretty 18th century church and The Green Dragon pub in this lovely little hamlet.
Middleham is well known for its imposing castle (once home to Richard III) and the many racehorses that are trained here. On any given day you’ll see the horses being walked through Middleham on their way to the nearby Gallops. Middleham Holiday Cottages.
#09 Castle Bolton
The village of Castle Bolton gets its name from another well-known Wensleydale castle – the impressive Castle Bolton which overlooks the village green. The 14th century Bolton Castle is open to visitors and you can enjoy Falconry experiences and explore the beautiful gardens.
#10 West Burton
The pretty village of West Burton is home to another lovely Wensleydale waterfall (the West Burton Cauldron Falls) as well as a cat pottery and Fabric of the Field which sells hand made arts and crafts. There’s also a large village green for children which is perfect for children to play on.
Gorgeous Cottages are the booking agents for a range of Wensleydale Holiday Cottages. Give the team a call on 01642 263 249 and we can help arrange your next short break to Wensleydale.