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The name of this attractive market town tells a lot about its location; 'hawes' translates as a 'pass between mountains'. The town stands above the River Ure, between the stunning high grounds of Fleet Moss and Buttertubs. Hawes has had a market since 1307, though the first official royal charter dates to 1699, and it still boasts a weekly Tuesday market.
Just across the River Ure from Hawes is Hardraw Force, set in attractive woodland. Hardraw has one of the highest single drops of water in England at over 100 feet. The falls were used as a setting in the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'. Artist JMW Turner visited Hardraw in 1816, and stayed at the Green Dragon Inn. Access to the falls is through the bar of the Green Dragon.
Just a bit further afield is Aysgarth Falls, where the water descends over a series of broad limestone shelves, or steps.
This 18th century mill was built to spin cotton. The mill was later converted to a sawmill and modern visitors can see the original Victorian turbine engines, still used to power woodworking machinery.
Dales Countryside Museum
This modern museum, housed in the old Wensleydale Railwaty Station, tells the story of traditional life in the Yorkshire Dales. Explore a replica lead mine, lear about farming and local industry, and see demonstrations of crafts and rural skills. A research room provides acces to historical archives, perfect for researching family genealogy.
St Margaret's Church
The first written record of a church in Hawes does not come until the 15th century, when there was a chapel of ease here. The current church was built in 1850 to replace the chapel, and stands almost directly beside the Pennine Way long distance trail. One of the highlights inside the church is a richly carved Victorian chancel screen.
Established in 1897, the Creamery was the first to produce the famous hand-crafted cheese that made Wensleydale's name known around the world. The recipe for the cheese, however, is based on a 12th century recipe developed by French monks. There is a modern visitor centre where you can lear the history of the cheese and cheese-making in the Yorkshire Dales - and of course, taste some for yourself!
Address: Hawes, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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