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YD10 - Wensleydale Oct 31, 2010
Wensleydale is remarkable in not being named for its river, the Ure (it was once known as Yoredale) that later becomes the Ouse and flows through York.

Wensleydale is one of the best known dales, if only because it has a cheese named after it. As well as its normal uses, it is often eaten with Christmas cake in Yorkshire, a habit we have been glad to acquire! The creamery at Gayle, near Hawes, is open to the public (charge)

I have to admit that Wensleydals's greater width than most dales does not endear it to me but I cannot rate it less than 4* because of some particular features. The first of these is Hardrow Force, a waterfall reached through a pub - yes! Near here the Buttertubs Pass starts over to Swaledale with great scenery.

Next comes the market town of Hawes with several antique shops. At nearby Gayle a mill was featured in the BBC's restoration series. It failed to win but gained enough from the publicity to open as a centre for keeping alive old skills.

A little down dale you reach Askrigg, noted as the home of vets in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great and Small.' There is an attractive waterfall here. A litle before this a road turns right to one of Yorkshire's few natural lakes, Semerwater.

Next stop Aysgarth, where there is an Information Centre near 3 lots of waterfalls, rightly highly regarded for their beauty but not of any great height.

Away to the left is Castle Bolton where Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned.

To reach the village of Wensley actually takes you out of the National Park but if you continue to the town of Leyburn and turn right, you will find two more attractions.

The first is Middleham Castle, the stronghold of Warwick the Kingmakerand, after his death, the home of Richard 111. The second is Jervaulx Abbey, I will eventually review this separately.
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