an area in the Yorkshire Dales but also extends into North Yorkshire. Others
may differ but I have defined those in the Yorkshire Dales as "Upper
Wensleydale" and those in North Yorkshire (but outside the Dales
proper) as Lower Wensleydale, treating the River Ure as the indicator of
where the Dale lies.
Wensleydale is a lush valley renowned
for its dairy produce not least the famous Wensleydale cheese,
produced in Hawes. This cheese has been granted Protected Geographical
Indication (PGI) status, which means that no other cheese-maker outside the
area can produce a cheese and call it Yorkshire Wensleydale.
Middleham has one of the largest
castles in the North of England. It is in the care of English Heritage and
is open to the public.
The area is well known for
training race horses and you are likely to see plenty of them.
Wensleydale is unusual in the
Dales in that it is named after the small villahe of Wensley, unlike other
dales which are named after the river which flows through them. In the case
of Wensleydale, the river is the Ure.
The Dale is dominated by the
hills of Pen Hill and Addleborough and both make for excellent walks.
Many families have lived in the
Dale for generations and you are likely to hear the local dialect.
down to see the Wensleydale walks (or walks starting just off Wensleydale).
you will require Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, see Accommodation
For Walkers page.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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