The picturesque traditional market town of Hawes is located in idyllic Upper Wensleydale within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Hawes offers a wide range of attractions to suit many interests.
As well as being an ideal base for walking, cycling and touring holidays, Hawes has many attractions itself, including its Tuesday market which fills the towns Market Place.
Hawes is situated on the A684, approximately 40 minutes from the M6 in the West and about 50 minutes from the A1 in the East. The nearest railway station is Garsdale Head (on the Settle-to-Carlisle line) and a minibus service operates to carry passengers the 5 miles to/from Garsdale Head station to/from Hawes. A regular bus service operates between Hawes, Leyburn, Bedale and Northallerton.
As a base for walking, cycling, fishing and touring holidays, or midweek breaks, Hawes is very well placed for access to the whole of the Yorkshire Dales and everything it has to offer; as an added bonus, the Lake District National Park is only about an hours car journey away.
Valuable information that can be passed on about Yorkshire includes facts such as there are seven cities, two World Heritage Sites, three National Parks plus two areas of outstanding beauty. Yorkshire has the oldest city (Ripon), the oldest seaside town (Scarborough) and, dating back to the 7th Century, St Peters (York) is the oldest school. The county is also home to the highest drop waterfall (Hardraw Force) and the highest pub (The Tan Hill Inn).
Just a small selection of local attractions, all within walking distance of Herriot’s in Hawes, are listed below as a taster to what Hawes has to offer.
Gayle Mill (right)
Just a 15-20 minutes walk from Herriot’s in Hawes, was open to visitors in 2008 following extensive restoration work, as featured on the BBC ‘Restoration’ series. Guided tours of the mill are run four times a day during the summer months; it is best to pre-book as only a limited number of spaces are available.
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Hardraw Force (left) is the highest single-drop waterfall in England, located in the grounds of the Green Dragon pub, Hardraw.
From Hawes, follow the Pennine Way (north!) for approximately 30 minutes to view this spectacle.
The Dales Country Museum
Housed in the old railway station at the east end of the town, the museum is managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
The museum tells the story of The Dales and its people, both past and present.
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The Wensleydale Creamery is a scenic 10-15 minute walk along the Pennine Way from Herriot’s Guest House.
The visitor centre features a museum and specialist cheese shop. The factory tour takes between 30-90 minutes, but as they don’t make cheese every day it’s best to check by phone first on 01969 667664.
Yorkshire Trike Tours Guide for Yorkshire
The idea behind Yorkshire Trike Tours came about following the many happy road trips Jason and Judith Richards enjoyed on their Boom trike. They bought their trike back in 2006, after watching a TV series called ‘Billy Connelly’s World Tour of England, Wales and Ireland’, using one of these fantastic machines. Over the last few years they have spent many glorious days riding throughout the Yorkshire Dales and loved every minute of it, accruing hundreds of miles along the way on our own two seater Boom trike.
Judith wanted to be able to share this unique experience, and so her idea was born she’s a Yorkshire girl, born and bred and has had a lifelong passion for the Yorkshire Dales. The idea was to buy a three seater Boom trike and provide chauffeur driven tours for guests. Now they can make it possible for anyone to enjoy specially designed tour routes, share the thrill of the trike and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales at their very best. Guests can see and feel what we have enjoyed; the open air, the sunshine and the feeling of the wind on your face.
We welcome a lot of Award Winning Yorkshire Dales Wildlife Photographer Simon Phillpotts guests here at Herriot’s, they go out with him straight after breakfast. He offers Photography Workshops, Red Squirrel Hide Hire, One to One Tuition, Short Breaks and Photographic Guiding in the Yorkshire Dales.
Taken direct from Simon’s website
As far back as I can remember I have always had some kind of camera in my hand and along with a passion for wildlife and the environment, it was perhaps inevitable that I was going to become a wildlife photographer.
The majority of my photography is undertaken right here upon my doorstep within the Yorkshire Dales. Its draw for landscape photographers is very well known but its also a fantastic location for wildlife with a wide range of habitats from wetlands and meadows to high moors and pine forests. Red Squirrel, Hare, Curlew, Little Owl, Red and Black Grouse are just a few of the many species to be found here.
My images have been Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards on several occassions and have featured in national newspapers including the Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Daily Record, Daily Mail, Sun and Mirror the local press in Yorkshire and the North-East, magazines and publications about the Dales.
On TV I have appeared on BBC’s Countryfile and ITV 1’s The Dales. I hold regular exhibitions of my work in North Yorkshire and was recently invited to exhibit alongside the work of Richard and Cherry Kearton, widely regarded as the worlds first wildlife photographers and filmmakers.